In the bookstore …

During my studies, I made a habit of visiting the Cambridge University Press bookstore at least once a month. As a kind of wishlist, I noted potentially interesting new books – something I might continue in an open format here. Whenever the occasion and funding presented itself, I could draw from that list and get what seems most relevant and helpful. So far, reading on a tablet or screen does not quite have the same sensual appeal as a book for me quite yet – call me hopelessly old-fashioned. But of course, this being the 21st century, the advantage of carrying an entire electronic library with you in a tin-box that weighs less than your average textbook is a point that’s hard to argue about, especially in combination with advanced search and analysis tools. Nevertheless, here are some recent publications available in classical dead-tree format:

Systems Biology: Simulation of Dynamic Network States
Bernhard Ø. Palsson, University of California, San Diego

EMBOSS User’s Guide
Practical Bioinformatics
by Peter M. Rice, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton
Alan J. Bleasby, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton
Jon C. Ison, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton

The Administrator’s Guide and Developer’s Guide are also available (by the very same authors in a different order).

The European Molecular Biology Open Software Suite (EMBOSS) is a well established, high quality package of open source software tools for molecular biology. It includes over 200 applications for molecular sequence analysis and general bioinformatics including sequence alignment, rapid database searching and sequence retrieval, motif identification and pattern analysis and much more.

The entire list of CUP titles in the section “Genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology” is here.

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