674 pages, b/w & col illus
A practical companion for physical scientists investigating wet laboratory experiments and biological research areas, this book gives a clear understanding of what is experimentally feasible. Introducing basic terminology and concepts, the text begins with simple, fundamental methods and builds gradually to more advanced techniques.
Organized into three main sections addressing genes, proteins, and expression systems, the book employs a straight-forward structure allowing readers to follow the process involved in the production of nucleic acids and proteins and the different levels of purification required for each type of analysis.
Very useful as a resource to get a basic understanding of methodology outside one's realm of expertise ! very readable. --Gary F. Polking, Ph.D., Iowa State University The book provides a comprehensive overview of diverse methods in biophysics. It will be a great resource for every working scientist in the physical sciences. It would also be a great supporting text to read as part of an introductory course in biophysical methods, particularly for graduate students and postdocs entering the field from other disciplines. --Anthony J. Koleske, Yale University This book provides a broad overview on the many interrelated disciplines shaping modern biophysical research. Its structure evolves from the basics of biochemistry through the principles of relevant analytical techniques to the chemistry of nanoparticles and surfaces. The many chapters appear to be rather exhaustive, clearly organized and beautifully illustrated. I believe that this book will be a useful tool to undergraduate and graduate students and a valuable reference for researchers in the field. --Francisco M. Raymo, University of Miami This book fills the need for a practical, hands-on guide for physical scientists who are moving into biological research. --Daniel A. Beard, Medical College of Wisconsin As scientists from more quantitative fields expand further into molecular and cellular biology, their labs need to acquire new biological methods for sample preparation and handling. These skills are not traditionally available to physicists and chemists. This book will be appropriate for any experimentalist in chemistry or physics who is moving into biological work. It will also be excellent reading material for undergraduate or graduate students who will be working in a biologically oriented lab, as well as for an advanced lab class in biophysics or bioengineering. --Mark C. Williams, Northeastern University This book will be very useful for training the growing number of researchers and students from physical sciences to become more familiar with techniques used in biology. The author has made a great effort to keep everything defined and simple. --James A. Forrest, Department of Physics and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Science, University of Waterloo
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