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Molecular diagnosis of cancer and infection

A review on the molecular diagnosis of cancer and the molecular diagnosis of bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Includes sections on the identification of biomarkers, preclinical testing, and near patient point-of-care molecular diagnostics read more ...

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Bacteriophages as antimicrobials

The increasing prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens has led to research to use phage as antimicrobials. The use of bacteriophages may offer an alternative treatment for infections. Phages have many potential applications in human medicine. Genetically engineered phage can be used to augment the antimicrobial efficacy of antibiotics and to reduce bacterial biofilms read more ...
This publication gives an overview of the different applications of bacteriophages. These include the use of whole virulent phages as antibacterials, recent advances in the development and applications of genetically modified phages, the use of phages as delivery vehicles and vaccines, and recent developments in the study and use of purified endolysins. Generally, it is clear that phages have a considerable array of potential applications as therapeutics in the modern medical and veterinary fields. In particular, the continued antibiotic resistance problem in clinically relevant micro-organisms calls for the exploitation of cheap, natural, readily-available, safe and efficient therapeutic agents. Phages exhibit characteristics which satisfy all of these criteria and their reintroduction as medical treatment options is worthy of strong consideration read more ...

Essentials of Veterinary Parasitology

Essentials of Veterinary Parasitology

Amazon Customer Reviews:

"Great book. This book is perfect for my parasitology class. The text is clear and easily readable and the diagrams do a great job of explaining the lifecycles of the parasites" read more ...
By Maggie on 19 April 2014

"Just what I needed. Easy to read and understand as parasitology is a tricky subject! It's got every disease associated with parasites for animals in there, but also diagnostics, treatment and about resistance"
By laura on 3 Jan 2014

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"There has long been a need for a concise parasitology textbook covering essential and emerging topics of clinical importance. This book fulfils this requirement and is an excellent up to date resource for researchers, veterinarians and students. The topics are clearly and precisely presented in an easy to read format. There are six sections and each is accompanied by very good pictorial presentations of life cycles and photographs of the major parasites to assist with diagnosis ... This is an excellent, accurate and up to date parasitological textbook that is easy to read and not cluttered with unnecessary data. It is an essential tool for students, parasitologists and veterinarians." from Tricia Veale writing in Aus. Vet. J. (2011) 89: 443

"an original review of the main general parasitological issues ... The mechanisms of parasite establishment in the host at cellular and population levels are admirably summarized according to the many factors involved, depending on host, parasite and environment. In addition, the basics of host immune defences are nicely reviewed" from Domenico Otranto (University of Bari, Italy) writing in Parasites and Vectors (2011) 4: 67

"an up-to-date resource for students and practicing veterinarians for recognizing, diagnosing and treating parasitic diseases in livestock and pet animals. Featuring full-colour illustrations and a user friendly layout ... This excellent volume will be of a great value to veterinary students, practicing veterinarians and all researchers in the field of parasitology, including practising parasitologists, immunologists, and physicians, and also for beginners in all of these fields ... an indispensable acquisition for every library of institutes where studies of veterinary medicine and related sciences are carried out ... will be in demand for many, many years" from Zdzislaw Swiderski (Polish Academy of Sciences and Medical University of Warsaw, Poland) writing in Acta Partasitologica (2011) 56(3).

"This book covers the wide array of veterinary parasitic infections with clarity and serves as an easy reference for basic information ... This book accomplishes just what the authors set out to do. It covers a multitude of parasitic diseases in brief detail and engages readers by describing clinical signs and their relevance. It is not designed to completely review all permutations of life cycle or to identify all the intracellular interactions that occur during parasitic infestation. I found that I that the more I read, the more I appreciated the book." from Dennis D. French (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, USA) writing in Doodys

"The text is easy to read, uses straight forward language but standard terminology, and the figures use cheerful colors and complement the text well. I liked the liberal use of micrographs of parasites. I think the book would be suitable as an introductory text for Veterinary students or college students. It is helpful to have ectoparasites, worms and protozoa covered in a single text at a level of detail that could reasonably be covered in a one-semester course. The focus on diagnosis and treatment is appropriate and the authors have avoided extensive discussion of disease pathology and host control mechanisms which simplifies the text. It is certainly useful that veterinarians are educated in this field both to safeguard patients and to help protect pet owners and agricultural workers from zoonotic disease. In this context the text would also be useful to medical students." from Samuel J. Black (Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA) writing in Curr. Issues Mol. Biol.

"It is up-to-date ... written in an easy readable style and well illustrated. The authors have deliberately chosen to deal with the major parasitic diseases, leaving the less common ones ... the book is particularly suitable for students and veterinary practitioners. For parasitologists working in research, this book could be a handy quick reference ... for students in veterinary medicine, for veterinary practitioners and for persons interested in basic knowledge on veterinary parasitology in general... it is worth buying." from Fred Borgsteede (Lelystad, The Netherlands) writing in Veterinary Parasitology (2011) 182: 384

"a nice instructional resource for both veterinary students and veterinary technology students ... informative and educational ... excellent pictures and diagrams ... great visuals and explanations of diseases ... very comprehensive, easy to read and follow ... Students will love this book." from Marisa Rhyne, BAS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) writing in Veterinary Information Network

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Ebola and Marburg Viruses: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Ebola and Marburg Viruses: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Publisher: Horizon Bioscience
Editor: Hans-Dieter Klenk and Heinz Feldmann
ISBN: 978-1-904933-49-6 (ebook) ebook

Ebola and Marburg viruses cause severe haemorrhagic fevers. Much research has been performed in recent years on the molecular and genetic properties of these viruses and in particular has focused on molecular structure, replication and virus-host interactions. This book presents a comprehensive review of research on these highly virulent viruses. Topics covered include the genomics and molecular biology of filoviruses, pathogenesis, replication, epidemiology, pathogenicity, approaches to vaccine development, virus-host interactions and the immune response read more ...

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An ebook version of Ebola and Marburg Viruses (Eds: Hans-Dieter Klenk and Heinz Feldmann) is now available for instant download Click here

Soil Microbiology Conference

September 01 - 02, 2014   Soil Microbiology
Loughborough, UK   Further information
Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Soil Microbiology. The first in the 2014 series of Focused Meetings is titled 'Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Soil Microbiology'. The Meeting will be held at Loughborough University, UK.
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