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Archaea: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Editor: Ricardo Cavicchioli1
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Affiliations: 1: School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences The University of New South Wales Sidney, Australia
Content Type: Monograph
Format: Electronic, Hardcover
Publication Year: 2007

Category: Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology; Environmental Microbiology

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Since the discovery in 1977 that they constitute a distinct branch of the biological world, archaea have expanded and altered the field of microbiology. Archaea can thrive in some of the most extreme environments of the planet, from extremely alkaline or acid waters to high-temperature environments near thermal vents in the deep sea. This exceptional ability to survive and prosper has led scientists to speculate that archaea played a significant role in shaping all life on Earth and may provide valuable keys to the search for extra-terrestrial life.

This path-breaking book fully describes the molecular cell biology of the archaea in one accessible and readable volume. With twenty-three chapters by the world’s leading experts, this book emphasizes each author’s individual research expertise, while also being a general guide to the latest knowledge on archaea. The core of the book describes the key cellular processes such as DNA replication, transcription, translation, lipids and metabolism. It also explains their unique features including aminoacyl-tRNA synthesis, signal transduction, and post-translational modification. Above all, this volume details the latest discoveries of the twenty-first century and anticipates new progress expected in the future.

This volume is a timely and essential reference for researchers, instructors, practitioners in the field, and students of the unique qualities of Archaea. will remain the authoritative reference source for the many disciplines interested in the archaea for years to come.

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At A Glance

Since the discovery in 1977 that they constitute a distinct branch of the biological world, archaea have expanded and altered the field of microbiology. Archaea can thrive in some of the most extreme environments of the planet, from extremely alkaline or acid waters to high-temperature environments near thermal vents in the deep sea. This exceptional ability to survive and prosper has led scientists to speculate that archaea played a significant role in shaping all life on Earth and may provide valuable keys to the search for extra-terrestrial life. This path-breaking book fully describes the molecular cell biology of the archaea in one accessible and readable volume. With twenty-three chapters by the world's leading experts, this book emphasizes each author's individual research expertise, while also being a general guide to the latest knowledge on archaea. The core of the book describes the key cellular processes such as DNA replication, transcription, translation, lipids and metabolism. It also explains their unique features including aminoacyl-tRNA synthesis, signal transduction, and post-translational modification. Above all, this volume details the latest discoveries of the twenty-first century and anticipates new progress expected in the future. This volume is a timely and essential reference for researchers, instructors, practitioners in the field, and students of the unique qualities of Archaea. Archaea: Molecular and Cellular Biology will remain the authoritative reference source for the many disciplines interested in the archaea for years to come.

Description

This impressive book describes the unique features of the Archaea organisms. It reviews the extent of information currently known about the newly discovered organisms that are "clearly distinguished from the Bacteria and Eucarya."

Purpose

The purpose of this book, according to the editor, is "to be the authoritative reference source for the many disciplines interested in the Archaea." The authors and editors of this challenging and remarkable book have accomplished their purpose. It will serve as the primary reference for researchers and students within this broad and growing field of microbiology for many years.

Audience

This book clearly will be a primary reference source for researchers in the field of Archaea. The authors are the experts and cover each topic with great detail and explanation. It will serve as a major teaching text for students at many levels.

Features

The first of the book's 23 chapters explains in detail the history of the discovery and subsequent study of the Archaea. At times, this chapter reads more like an editorial, but it is very informative and descriptive of the human nature of the scientific process. The second chapter, which is the longest, describes the unique features of the Archaea and includes detailed examples of the different organisms as well as the variety of sizes and shapes that these organisms take. Included in this chapter is a descriptive table that lists various characteristics of the organisms within the Archaea. These descriptions include habitat, optimal temperature, optimal pH, metabolism, substrates used, and electron acceptors. The chapters that follow provide details about the cellular operations of these organisms from nucleic acid replication to transcription and cell wall synthesis as well as many additional topics relating to organism survival. The last two chapters are focused on the use of these organisms in biotechnology and vaccine development. Each chapter closes with a section entitled "Perspective: the next five years." I expect this will set the stage for the second edition in which many of these projections will have produced fruit.

Assessment

This will become the primary reference for Archaea. The quality with which each topic is presented is the highest. The authors' efforts have resulted in a great gift to microbiology and science. I look forward to watching the development and research that this inspires.

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Reviewer: Rebecca Horvat, PhD, D(ABMM) (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Review Date: Unknown

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