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Influenza

Qinghua Wang and Yizhi Jane Tao present a new book on Influenza: Current Research
Following on from their highly-acclaimed 2010 book, Drs. Wang and Tao present a new, up-to-date and comprehensive review of current advancements in molecular influenza virology. Topics covered include: stem-specific broadly neutralizing antibodies to the virus hemagglutinin; virus replication and transcription; influenza B virus hemagglutinin; influenza A virus ribonucleoprotein complex; regulation of the virus replication machinery by host factors; evolution of receptor specificity of influenza A virus hemagglutinin: PB1-F2, a multi-functional non-structural influenza A virus protein; and avian influenza H7N9 virus. Highly informative and well referenced, this book is essential reading for all influenza specialists and is recommended reading for all virologists, immunologists, molecular biologists, public health scientists and research scientists in pharmaceutical companies read more ...
Influenza: Current Research
Edited by: Qinghua Wang and Yizhi Jane Tao
Caister Academic Press
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-43-2 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-44-9 £159, $319
Highly informative and well referenced, this book is essential reading for everyone with an interest in influenza virus. read more ...
Full information at Influenza.

Zika virus spread

Zika virus has been known to circulate in parts of sub-Saharan Africa for many years since its first isolation in Uganda in 1947-48, and it probably spread to south-east Asia in about 1945-50. Two major lineages then evolved, one in Africa and one in Asia, where it caused a relatively minor disease of fever with a rash and arthralgia. The virus spread from Asia to Yap in 2007 causing the largest known outbreak of human disease, and from Asia to the South Pacific in 2013-14, including French Polynesia where it caused an explosive outbreak with over 28,000 cases, and subsequently spread to Cook Islands, Easter Island, and New Caledonia. Phylogenetic studies using isolates obtained from both outbreaks, Yap and the South Pacific, found that the outbreaks were caused by closely related viruses belonging to the Asian lineage. Viruses circulating in Africa indicated that the African lineage comprises two tightly bound clades, one containing isolates from Nigeria and Senegal, and the other comprising isolates from Uganda, Senegal and Central African Republic, but both clades contained viruses from Cote d'Ivoire, and there was evidence consistent with at least two introductions into West Africa.

From Hall et al. in Arboviruses: Molecular Biology, Evolution and Control (Chapter 10)

Zika Virus

Nikos Vasilakis, Editor of the book Arboviruses: Molecular Biology, Evolution and Control was interviewed recently by The Guardian newspaper on the topic of Zika virus: "We're deeply concerned about the Zika starting a transmission cycle here in south Texas ... Not long ago, dengue and yellow fever were endemic in the area, [in] Houston, Galveston ... Both the climate conditions and human density exist to allow circulation of the virus."

Further media coverage by Nikos Vasilakis includes:

TRT World | NBC News | CBS News | Buzz Feed News | The Scientist | Scientific American

Epigenetics review

Excerpt from a book review of Epigenetics: Current Research and Emerging Trends
"provides the reader with up-to-date information in a specific set of chromatinlinked proteins and diseases as a well-exampled epigenetic research. It also provides a summary of the most recent progress on the epigenetic mechanisms such as nucleosome dynamics, long noncoding RNA, and metabolic and environmental effects ... For anyone who wants to catch up on the chromatin research field, Epigenetics : Current Research and Emerging Trends is a good place to start." from ChemMedChem (2016) 11: 142. read more ...
Epigenetics: Current Research and Emerging Trends
Edited by: Brian P. Chadwick
Caister Academic Press
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-07-4 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-08-1 £159, $319
"this is one text you don't want to miss" (Epigenie) read more ...
Full information at Epigenetics.

Arboviruses book available very soon

The new book on Arboviruses edited by Nikos Vasilakis and Duane J. Gubler will be available for dispatch within the next 2 or 3 weeks read more ...
Arboviruses: Molecular Biology, Evolution and Control
Edited by: Nikos Vasilakis and Duane J. Gubler
Caister Academic Press
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-21-0 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-22-7 £159, $319
Topics range from taxonomy and genome organization, to arbovirus diagnostics and control. Essential reading. read more ...
Full information at Arboviruses.

MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry in Microbiology

Markus Kostrzewa and Sören Schubert present a new book on MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry in Microbiology
In this timely and up-to-date book, experts in the field provide an overview of the application of MALDI-TOF MS in key areas of microbiology and discuss the impact this modern technology is having on laboratory practice and patient outcome. Several chapters cover applications in clinical and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, food microbiology, environmental microbiology and strain collections. Further chapters discuss the utilization of MALDI-TOF MS for the analysis of challenging microbial groups such as yeast and anaerobic bacteria. In addition, new applications such as microbial typing, DNA analysis and the detection of antibiotic resistance are also covered. The final chapter provides a valuable overview of potential future trends and developments in MALDI-TOF MS and assesses the impact of the technology in microbiology. This authoritative volume will be indispensable for all microbiology laboratories read more ...
MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry in Microbiology
Edited by: Markus Kostrzewa and Sören Schubert
Caister Academic Press
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-41-8 £179, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-42-5 £179, $319
Overview of MALDI-TOF MS in key areas of microbiology and the impact of mass spectrometry in diagnostics, food microbiology, environmental microbiology and strain collections. read more ...
Full information at MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry in Microbiology.
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