Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful

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Overview

This book introduces bacteria and basic microbiological concepts to readers without previous background in the subject. Each chapter explores a particular self-contained topic and wherever possible points are illustrated through real-world examples and short stories. Chapters cover topics ranging from marine microbiology to bacterial toxins, enzymes, and the future role of bacteria in our world. Although bacterial scientific names are used and translated when possible, in general scientific jargon is avoided in ...
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Overview

This book introduces bacteria and basic microbiological concepts to readers without previous background in the subject. Each chapter explores a particular self-contained topic and wherever possible points are illustrated through real-world examples and short stories. Chapters cover topics ranging from marine microbiology to bacterial toxins, enzymes, and the future role of bacteria in our world. Although bacterial scientific names are used and translated when possible, in general scientific jargon is avoided in order to make the material as accessible as possible for the lay reader.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This book should be on public and school library shelves and in places where there is research in microbiology.” (Reference Reviews, 1 December 2012)

“Useful for lay readers curious about bacteria and bacterial activities. Summing Up: Recommended. General audiences, high school students, and lower-level undergraduates.” (Choice, 1 July 2012)

“Overall, I would confidently recommend this book to anyone with even a vague interest in bateria. (Phenotype, 28 May 2012)

"Bacteria are fascinating little creatures that are deserving of the stories contained within Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful. The reader's viewpoint may very well change after hearing them." (New York Journal of Books, 13 December 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118107669
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,004,969
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Trudy Wassenaar, PhD, is director of Molecular Microbiology and Genomics Consultants, and author and curator of the popular Virtual Museum of Bacteria (www.bacteriamuseum.org). She is also an Associate Professor of comparative bacterial genomics at the Centre of Biological Sequences at the Danish Technical University in Lyngby, Denmark, and the author of numerous contributed book chapters as well as nearly 80 publications in peer-review journals, including Applied Environmental Microbiology, the Journal of Medical Microbiology and Infection and Immunity.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

Note to the reader.

Chapter 1. The Blue Planet.

Chapter 2. Tree of Life: Let Three Live.

Chapter 3. How Old Are They?

Chapter 4. On the Move.

Chapter 5. Needles.

Chapter 6. Dead or Alive.

Chapter 7. Nobel Works.

Chapter 8. Bacteria and Insects.

Chapter 9. Bacterial Toxins.

Chapter 10. Enzymes.

Chapter 11. Genetics and Genomics.

Chapter 12. Antibiotics and Resistance.

Chapter 13. Marine Microbiology.

Chapter 14. Bacteria and Oil.

Chapter 15. Extreme Life.

Chapter 16. Records Holders.

Chapter 17. Bacteria and Art.

Chapter 18. Fixing the Air.

Chapter 19. Pest and Pestilence.

Chapter 20. Our Bacteria.

Chapter 21. Sensing Bacteria.

Chapter 22. Bacteria and Mankind.

Chapter 23. Big Questions on Small Subjects.

Chapter 24. Synthetic Biology.

Chapter 25. Bacteria, the Earth, and Beyond.

Glossary.

Index of bacterial names.

Bibliography. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Expensive

    This is a lot of money for a book on bacteria and germs. I cannot believe that it costs over $20!!!

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