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Human Genome News, September 1991; 3(3)

Genome Publications

As time and space permit, Human Genome News will publish information about books and journals that may be of interest to our readers. This is not a comprehensive list, and announcements will be taken from material at hand. We welcome news from authors and publishers about new publications.


The Genome, by Ram Sagar Verma (Long Island College Hospital and State University of New York Health Science Center), covers a wide spectrum of topics, including a comprehensive introduction; an anatomy of the genome; the molecular biology of heterochromatin, kinetochores, and centromeres; meiotic chromosomes; dosage compensation and sex determination; sister chromatid exchange; the aberrant human genome; the mitochondrial genome; genomic diversity in neoplasia and the retroviral genome; and the unfolding genome. An extensive bibliography is included. 1990, $75. [VCH Publishers; 220 East 23rd St.; Suite 909; New York, NY 10010; 800/422-8824.]

Electrophoresis, Supercomputing, and the Human Genome: Proceedings of the First International Conference, Tallahassee, Florida, 10-13 April, 1990, edited by Charles R. Cantor (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory) and Hwa A. Lim (Florida State University), contains 15 papers on the initiation of human genome research and the supporting technologies of electrophoresis and computing. 1991, $75. [World Scientific Publishing Company, 687 Hartwell Street; Teaneck, NJ 07666-5309; 800/227-7562 or 201/837-8858; Fax: 201/837-8859. Europe only: 73 Lynton Mead, Totteridge, London N20 8DH; (Int.) 1/446-2461; Fax: (Int.) 1/446-3356.]

Medical Genetics and Society is based on the International Panel Discussion on Education and Ethics in Medical Genetics held August 3, 1990, in Fukui, Japan, under the auspices of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS). [For a report on the CIOMS meeting, see HGN 2(4), 7 (November 1990).] The 107-page softcover book also contains short summaries of the International Association of Human Biologists Conference on Isolation and Migration, the 35th Meeting of Japan Society of Human Genetics, and the CIOMS conference.

The book contains complete papers from the two panel discussions presented at the meeting: (1) Panel on Education in Medical Genetics and (2) Panel on Ethics in Medical Genetics.

1991, $35. [Kugler Publications; U.S. and Canada: P.O. Box 1498; New York, NY 10009-9998; 212/477-1970; Fax: 212/477-0181.]

Introduction to Protein Structure by Carl Branden (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala) and John Tooze (European Molecular Biology Organization, Heidelburg) features full-color illustrations and explains for both biologists and chemists the structural and functional logic emerging from the latest data on protein structures. The authors identify recurring structural motifs and show how proteins with unrelated functions are built up from combinations of these structures. They discuss how common basic structures can be enhanced to fulfill different functions and how the same biological function can have more than one structural solution.

350 pp., 1991. Hardcover, $49.95; paper, $27.95. A set of 100 color slides of the most important illustrations in the text is also available. [Garland Publishing; 136 Madison Avenue; New York, NY 10016; 212/686-7492; Fax: 212/889-9399. Europe: European Book Service/ PBD; 63 Strijkviertel; 3454 PK de Meern, Netherlands.]


Methods, a companion journal to the book series, Methods in Enzymology, is edited by John N. Abelson and Melvin I. Simon (California Institute of Technology). The journal is composed of topic-oriented issues, each organized by a special editor and consisting of a set of invited articles on a specific new technique or approach and its theoretical basis. Emphasis is placed on clear descriptions of protocols that allow application of these methods in a number of disciplines.

Topics of issues published this year include DNA sequencing, edited by Bruce A. Roe (University of Oklahoma), and polymerase chain reaction, edited by Norman Arnheim (University of Southern California). Six issues yearly, $86. [Academic Press, Inc.; Journal Promotion Department; 1250 Sixth Avenue; San Diego, CA 92101; 619/699-6742.]

Proteins: Structure, Function, and Genetics, now published monthly, concentrates on advances in all areas of protein biochemistry. Original research articles, timely reviews, and brief research communications are features of this journal, which highlights color illustrations and computer-generated graphics of protein structure. Twelve issues yearly, $95. [John Wiley & Sons, Subscription Department; 605 Third Avenue; New York, NY 10158-0012; 212/850-6543. Europe, United Kingdom, and Africa: John Wiley and Sons; Baffins Lane; Chichester; Sussex PO19 1UD; England.]

PCR Methods and Applications,devoted exclusively to amplification methods and their use, aims to serve as a central source of reliable, independent, and up-to-date information about the principles, practice, and application of amplification methods. The editorially independent journal will be published quarterly with the support of Perkin-Elmer Cetus and will include a combination of peer-reviewed research reports, commissioned review articles and commentaries, letters, and other items of interest to polymerase chain reaction users. The journal's Board of Associate Editors includes Richard Myers (University of California, San Francisco), Richard Gibbs (Baylor College of Medicine), Eric Green (Washington University School of Medicine), and David Bentley (Guy's Hospital, London). Four issues yearly, $40. [Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; 10 Skyline Drive; Plainview, NY 11803-9729; Continental United States 800/843-4388; all other locations: 516/349-1930; Fax: 516/349-1946.]

Mammalian Genome is the official journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society. It is published quarterly and edited by Lee M. Silver (Princeton University), Joseph H. Nadeau (Jackson Laboratory), and Jan Klein (Max Planck Institute for Biology). The journal is devoted entirely to studies of the mammalian genome from a molecular perspective and will serve as a forum for the community of mammalian geneticists and as a means for disseminating genetic information through reports, reviews, and original papers. Special emphasis is placed on genetic and physical maps, analysis of gene complexes and complex traits, DNA sequencing as related to genome organization, comparative gene mapping, new techniques, informatics, and genetic analysis of human genetic disorders and animal models. The first issue focuses on molecular studies. Four issues annually, $65. [Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.; 175 Fifth Avenue; New York, NY 10160-0266; 800/777-4643 or 212/460-1500.]


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