Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis: An Introduction 6th Edition

Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis: An Introduction 6th Edition
  • Author: T. A. Brown
    Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
    Genres: Medical
    Publish Date: April 12, 2010
    ISBN-10: 1405181737
    Pages: 336
    File Type: PDF
    Language: English

Book Preface

During the four years since publication of the Fifth Edition of Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis: An Introduction there have been important advances in DNA sequencing technology, in particular the widespread adoption of high throughput approaches based on pyrosequencing. Inclusion of these new techniques in the Sixth Edition has prompted me to completely rewrite the material on DNA sequencing and to place all the relevant information—both on the methodology itself and its application to genome sequencing —into a single chapter. This has enabled me to devote another entire chapter to the post-sequencing methods used to study genomes. The result is, I hope, a more balanced treatment of the various aspects of genomics and post-genomics than I had managed in previous editions. A second important development of the last few years has been the introduction of real-time PCR as a means of quantifying the amount of a particular DNA sequence present in a preparation. This technique is now described as part of Chapter 9. Elsewhere, I have made various additions, such as inclusion of topoisomerase-based methods for blunt end ligation in Chapter 4, and generally tidied up parts of chapters that had become slightly unwieldy due to the cumulative effects of modifications made over the 25 years since the First Edition of this book. The Sixth Edition is almost twice as long as the First, but retains the philosophy of that original edition. It is still an introductory text that begins at the beginning and does not assume that the reader has any prior knowledge of the techniques used to study genes and genomes. I would like to thank Nigel Balmforth and Andy Slade at Wiley-Blackwell for helping me to make this new edition a reality. As always I must also thank my wife Keri for the unending support that she has given to me in my decision to use up evenings and weekends writing this and other books.

T.A. Brown Faculty of Life Sciences University of Manchester

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