Microbiology For Dummies

Microbiology For Dummies


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ISBN-13: 9781118871188
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/17/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 110,308
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jennifer C. Stearns, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in theDepartment of Medicine at McMaster University where, along with Dr.Surette, she pushes the boundaries of medical microbiology.Michael G. Surette, PhD, is appointed to both the Departmentof Medicine and the Department of Biochemistry and BiomedicalSciences at McMaster University. Julienne C. Kaiser, MSc, isa PhD candidate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology atWestern University where she studies drug-resistant bacteria.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Microbiology 5

Chapter 1: Microbiology and You 7

Chapter 2: Microbiology: The Young Science 11

Chapter 3: Microbes: They’re Everywhere and They Can Do Everything 21

Part II: Balancing the Dynamics of Microbial Life 29

Chapter 4: Understanding Cell Structure and Function 31

Chapter 5: Making Sense of Metabolism 49

Chapter 6: Getting the Gist of Microbial Genetics 67

Chapter 7: Measuring Microbial Growth 89

Part III: Sorting Out Microbial Diversity 105

Chapter 8: Appreciating Microbial Ancestry 107

Chapter 9: Harnessing Energy, Fixing Carbon 121

Chapter 10: Comparing Respiration and Fermentation 141

Chapter 11: Uncovering a Variety of Habitats 157

Part IV: Meeting the Microbes 179

Chapter 12: Meet the Prokaryotes 181

Chapter 13: Say Hello to the Eukaryotes 199

Chapter 14: Examining the Vastness of Viruses 219

Part V: Seeing the Impact of Microbes 237

Chapter 15: Understanding Microbes in Human Health and Disease 239

Chapter 16: Putting Microbes to Work: Biotechnology 261

Chapter 17: Fighting Microbial Diseases 283

Part VI: New Frontiers in Microbiology 299

Chapter 18: Teasing Apart Communities 301

Chapter 19: Synthesizing Life 313

Part VII: The Part of Tens 325

Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Diseases Caused by Microbes 327

Chapter 21: Ten Great Uses for Microbes 335

Chapter 22: Ten Great Uses for Microbiology 341

Index 349

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