A World of Microorganisms

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What is a virus? Who discovered prions in 1982? What are the most ancient life forms on Earth? The books in the 'Microlife' series explore the fascinating, unseen kingdoms of the microscopic world. Each title looks at the ways in which bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms affect your body and the world around you.

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Overview

What is a virus? Who discovered prions in 1982? What are the most ancient life forms on Earth? The books in the 'Microlife' series explore the fascinating, unseen kingdoms of the microscopic world. Each title looks at the ways in which bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms affect your body and the world around you.

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Gr 6 Up-An open format and large, frequently garishly colored photographs of organisms, animals, and people give the mistaken impression that this information is accessible to intermediate and middle school readers. Microorganisms explains and defines the makeup and function of viruses, bacterium, and fungi. The chemical and cellular interactions are explicated in scientific language. The sentences are frequently overly long and read like a microbiology textbook. Another drawback is that Bacteria cannot stand alone, but depends upon the introductory material in Microorganisms. Using the glossary is a must when reading the texts. There are no charts of the scientific classification of microorganisms. Edward R. Ricciuti's Microorganisms (Blackbirch, 1994) has much more accessible information.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403495624
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Microlife Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     4
What Is a Cell?     6
The Chemistry of Life     8
What Is a Virus?     10
The "Life" of a Virus     12
Virus Attack     14
The Mysterious Prions     16
What Is a Bacterium?     18
The Oldest of All     20
Bacterial Behavior     22
Bacteria and Reproduction     24
Archaebacteria     26
Extremophiles - Life at the Edge     28
Mycoplasmas and Nanobes     30
What Is a Protist?     32
Protistan Structure     34
Protistan Life     36
Living with Protists     38
What Is a Fungus?     40
Types of Fungi     42
Slime Molds     44
Glossary     46
Further Research     47
Index     48
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