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Division M: Books about Phages

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  • Principles of Virology : Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis, and Control, S. J. Flint et al, ASM Press 1999.
  • Phage and the origins of molecular biology Expanded Edition, Edited by J. Cairns, G.S. Stent and J.D. Watson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1992.
  • The Bacteriophages, R. Calendar, editor, Plenum Press, New York, 1988. Two volumes (1), (2).
  • Virus Structure and Assembly, S. Casjens, ed., Jones and Bartlett, 1985.
  • Molecular Biology of Bacterial Viruses, G.S. Stent, Freeman, 1963.
    An excellent reference for basic bacteriophage biology and for tracking down historical sources.
  • Bacteriophages, Mark H. Adams, Interscience Publishers, Inc., New York, 1959 (Library of Congress Cat. No. 58-12722).
    This out of print book, available in university libraries, is a very good resource for teachers of virology laboratory courses. It reviews basic features and behavior of bacteriophages generally, and provides access to the older literature describing the basic methods for plaque assay, microbiological and biochemical purification of phage virions, the one step growth experiment, and other central methods.
Phage specific
  • Phages: Their Role in Bacterial Pathogenesis and Biotechnology, Matthew K. Waldor, David I. Friedman and Sankar L. Adhya, Editors, ASMPress, 2005.
  • The Bacteriophages, 2nd Edition, Richard L. Calendar, Editor, Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Bacteriophages: Biology and Applications, Elizabeth Kutter and Alexander Sulakvelidze, Editors, CRC Press, 2004.
  • Seminars in Virology: Recent Developments in Bacteriophage Virology, Vol. 6(1), L. Rothman-Denes and R. Weisberg, 1995. Contains 8 reviews of phage topics.
  • Bacteriophage T4, C. K. Mathews, E. M. Kutter, G. Mosig, and P. Berget, ASM Press, 1983 (Out of print).
  • Molecular Biology of Bacteriophage T4, J. D. Karam, Editor-in-chief, ASM Press, 1994.
  • The Bacteriophage Lambda, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1971 (out of print).
  • Lambda II, Ed. R. W. Hendrix, J. W. Roberts, F.W. Stahl, and R. A. Weisberg, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1983 (out of print).
  • Experiments with Gene Fusions, Silhavy, Berman, and Enquist, CSHL Press, 1984. This is a lab manual that has a lot of protocols for lambda.
  • Phage Mu, N. Symonds, A. Toussaint, P. van de Putte, and M. Howe, eds., CSHL Press, 1987 (out of print).
  • RNA Phages, N. Zinder, ed., CSHL Press, 1975 (out of print).
  • The Single Stranded DNA Phages, CSHL Press, 1978 (out of print).
  • Papers on bacterial viruses, selected by Gunther S. Stent, G. Stent, Little, Brown, 1975 (out of print).
Biographies & autobiographies of phage biologists
  • Félix D'Herelle and the origins of molecular biology, W. C. Summers, Yale University Press, 1999.
  • We can sleep later:Alfred D. Hershey and the origins of molecular biology, F. Stahl, ed., CSHL Press, 2000.
  • The Statue Within: an autobiography,François Jacob , translated F. Philip, New York Basic Books 1988. Original edition titled Statue intérieure
  • The Double Helix: a personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA, James D. Watson, 1968, available in paperback, or see 1980 edition with commentary, ed. G. S. Stent.

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