By: Robert J White
273 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, tabs
Transcription is the focus of much cutting-edge research, as befits its essential place in biology. The established link between defects in gene transcription and many human disorders has fuelled considerable activity in the biomedical arena, particularly cancer research. This concentration of attention has uncovered a myriad of factors involved in transcription and the literature is now rife with jargon and complexity. Gene Transcription: Mechanisms and Control aims to demystify the subject for a non-expert audience, providing a guided tour around the complex machinery of the transcriptional apparatus and discussing how the various factors achieve their functions. By focusing on general principles and illustrating these with a select group of examples, many of which are linked to human diseases, the author conveys the intricacies of transcriptional control in an accessible manner. With the first chapter presenting an overview of gene expression, this is a 'stand-alone' text, ideal for advanced level undergraduates and postgraduates in biology, biochemistry and medical sciences. It will also appeal to research scientists who require a broad current perspective on this rapidly moving and complex field.
Gene Transcription: Mechanisms and Control is a successful attempt to collate material from a massive and rapidly expanding field. White manages to illustrate important ideas and concepts using examples from the recent literature, and in doing so brings these discoveries to a wider audience. Nature Cell Biology, June 2001 "Gene Transcription: Mechanisms and Control provides the reader with a good background in the rapidly moving, cutting edge field of transcription, and includes recent developments up to the year of publication[...]Overall this text offers a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating subject of transcriptional regulation[...]The principles addressed will give the reader a solid grounding in the field." RS Conlan: Heredity 2002
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