Introduction to Experimental Biophysics: Biological Methods for Physical Scientists

Jay Nadeau

September 21, 2011 by CRC Press
Textbook - 672 Pages - 9 Color & 48 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439829530 - CAT# K11452


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    • Gives all the necessary practical tools and conceptual background needed for those with no experience in experimental biology
    • Firm footing in basic biology terminology and concepts, giving a clear understanding of what is experimentally feasible, then building gradually to more advanced techniques
    • Begins with an introduction to the building blocks of life-genes and proteins-and then provides practical guidelines on handling these molecules, from purification to amplification to analysis, then builds gradually from these foundations to more advanced topics


    Increasing numbers of physicists, chemists, and mathematicians are moving into biology, reading literature across disciplines, and mastering novel biochemical concepts. To succeed in this transition, researchers must understand on a practical level what is experimentally feasible. The number of experimental techniques in biology is vast and often specific to particular subject areas; nonetheless, there are a few basic methods that provide a conceptual underpinning for broad application. Introduction to Experimental Biophysics is the ideal benchtop companion for physical scientists interested in getting their hands wet. Assuming familiarity with basic physics and the scientific method but no previous background in biology or chemistry, this book provides: A thorough description of modern experimental and analytical techniques used in biological and biophysical research Practical information and step-by-step guidance on instrumentation and experimental design Recipes for common solutions and media, lists of important reagents, and a glossary of biological terms used Developed for graduate students in biomedical engineering, physics, chemical engineering, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science, Introduction to Experimental Biophysics is an essential resource for scientists to overcoming conceptual and technical barriers to working in a biology wet lab.


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