Practical Skills in Biomolecular Science (5e) : 9781292100739

Practical Skills in Biomolecular Science (5e)

Reed / Weyers / Jones
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Pearson United Kingdom
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If you are studying the biomolecular sciences - including biochemistry, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, genetics, microbiology and molecular biology - then this book will be an indispensable companion throughout the whole of your degree programme. It provides effective explanation and support for the development of a wide range of laboratory and data analysis skills that you will use time and again during the practical aspects of your studies.

This book also gives you a solid grounding in the broader transferable skills, which are increasingly necessary to achieve a high level of academic success.

Table of contents
  • Study and examination skills
  • 1. The importance of transferable skills
  • 2. Managing your time
  • 3. Working with others
  • 4. Taking notes from lectures and texts
  • 5. Learning effectively
  • 6. Revision strategies
  • 7. Assignments and exams
  • 8. Preparing your curriculum vitae
  • Information technology and learning resources
  • 9. Finding and citing published information
  • 10. Evaluating information
  • 11. Using online resources
  • 12. Bioinformatics- Internet resources
  • 13. Using spreadsheets
  • 14. using word processors, databases and other packages
  • Communicating information
  • 15. Organising a poster display
  • 16. Giving a spoken presentation
  • 17. General aspects of scientific writing
  • 18. Writing essays
  • 19. Reporting practical and project work
  • 20. Writing literature surveys and reviews
  • Fundamental laboratory techniques
  • 21. Essentials of practical work
  • 22. Bioethics
  • 23. Health and safety
  • 24. Working with liquids
  • 25. Basic laboratory procedures
  • 26. Principles of solution chemistry
  • 27. pH and buffer solutions
  • 28. Introduction to microscopy
  • 29. Setting up and using a light microscope
  • The investigative approach
  • 30. Making measurements
  • 31. SI units and their use
  • 32. Scientific method and design of experiments
  • 33. Making notes of practical work
  • 34. Project work
  • Working with cells and tissues
  • 35. Sterile technique
  • 36. Culture systems and growth measurement
  • 37. Collecting and isolating microbes
  • 38. Identifying microbes
  • 39. Naming microbes and other organisms
  • 40. Working with animal and plant tissues and cells
  • 41. Homogenisation and fractionation of cells and tissues
  • Analytical techniques
  • 42. Calibration and its application to quantitative analysis
  • 43. Immunological methods
  • 44. Using stable isotopes
  • 45. Using radioisotopes
  • 46. Measuring light
  • 47. Basic spectroscopy
  • 48. Advanced spectroscopy and spectrometry
  • 49. Centrifugation
  • 50. Chromatography- separation methods
  • 51. Chromatography- detection and analysis
  • 52. Principles and practice of electrophoresis
  • 53. Advanced electrophoretic techniques
  • 54. Electroanalytical techniques
  • Assaying biomolecules and studying metabolism
  • 55. Analysis of biomolecules: fundamental principles
  • 56. Assaying amino acids, peptides and proteins
  • 57. Assaying lipids
  • 58. Assaying carbohydrates
  • 59. Assaying nucleic acids and nucleotides
  • 60. Protein purification
  • 61. Enzyme studies
  • 62. Membrane transport processes
  • 63. Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Genetics
  • 64. Mendelian genetics
  • 65. Bacterial and phage genetics
  • 66. Molecular genetics I- fundamental principles
  • 67. Molecular genetics II- PCR and related applications
  • 68. Molecular genetics III- genetic manipulation techniques
  • Analysis and presentation of data
  • 69. Manipulating and transforming raw data
  • 70. Using graphs
  • 71. Presenting data in tables
  • 72. Hints for solving numerical problems
  • 73. Descriptive statistics
  • 74. Choosing and using statistical tests
New to this edition

Now in its fifth edition, Practical Skills in Biomolecular Sciences has been enhanced and updated throughout to provide a complete and easy-to-read guide to developing the skills you need from your first day through to graduation, further strengthening its reputation as the practical resource for students of the biomolecular sciences an related disciplines. Updates include:


•    New page design, to improve readability.

•    Over 70 new tips, definitions, examples, figures, tables and boxes.

•    Changes in content and emphasis in chapters on working with others and learning effectively.

•    New/updated material on aspects of molecular genetics including next generation sequencing and DNA profiling.

•    Additional material on stable isotopes, photosynthesis and respiration.

•    Updates to text references and sources for further study.

•    Additional ‘how to’ boxes covering: carrying out a skills audit; accommodating different teaching styles; active revision; analysis of literature.

•    Generic guidance related to MSOffice software, rather than version-specific details.

•    Supported by a Companion Website containing answers to all of the study exercises, live links to additional sources, digital copies of all figures and a database of ‘how to’ boxes.

Features & benefits
  • Provides a 'one-stop' guide to the key practical and broader skills needed in biomolecular sciences, including comprehensive coverage of: study and examination skills; fundamental laboratory and analytical skills; investigative techniques and evaluation skills; analysis and presentation of data.
  • Contains numerous margin tips and hints, ‘how to’ boxes, checklists and examples.
  • Key points highlight the most important features of methodology.
  • Gives theoretical background to methods, to enhance understanding.
  • Includes numerous study exercises, references and sources for further study.
Author biography

Rob Reed is Adjunct Professor (Education and Science) at Central Queensland University, Australia

David Holmes is Associate Dean of the Keith B.Taylor Global Scholars Programme, St Georges University School of Medicine (Grenada), based at Northumbria University, UK.

Jonathan Weyers is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, UK.

Allan Jones is Chancellors Award Fellow in Ecology, Environmental Science and Zoology at the University of Dundee, UK.