Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Scott, T

Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

A. D. Smith, S. P. Datta, G. Howard Smith and P. N. Campbell (eds). Oxford: Oxford Science Publications. 1997. ISBN 0-19-854768-4. 740 pp. L34.95.

This comprehensive dictionary is compiled by an eminent group of scientists, and fulfils a definite need. Generally, it contains short but informative entries arranged under over 17 000 headwords, providing fundamental but up-to-date information. As far as possible, the editors have striven to conform to relevant international recommendations, but where ease of use dictates, they have applied the principle that the dictionary should reflect usage. However, in these cases the international recommendation is also listed. The authors concede that, in the context of modern science, the interface between biochemistry and molecular biology is blurred, and to some extent there is an arbitrary choice in the content. However, they appear to have addressed the most important aspects of these subjects. In addition to the dictionary, there are a series of useful appendices including the Greek alphabet and symbols, nomenclature rules, the Internet and molecular biology, etc.

This is an extremely useful publication which should be an essential purchase for all biochemistry and molecular biology laboratories, and for those whose interests extend to these areas. At L34.95 for a hard-back edition it is good value for money. T. Scott

Copyright Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd. Sep 1998

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