Microbiology An Evolving Science

ISBN-10: 0393978575

ISBN-13: 9780393978575

Edition: 2009

Authors: Joan L. Slonczewski, John W. Foster, Kathy M. Gillen

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"Microbiology: An Evolving Science" promotes a clear understanding of this rapidly advancing field in two distinctive ways. First, an emphasis on current research, genomics, and molecular genetics enables students to learn how microbiologists think as they master the discipline's foundational topics. Second, a stunning and consistently executed art program helps students visualize key microbiological processes and structures.
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List price: $120.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/20/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1280
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 5.940
Language: English

Joan L. Slonczewski is a professor of biology at Kenyon College, where she teaches microbiology every year. She received her Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University and did her postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. She has earned a silver medal in the National Professor of the Year program of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She has published numerous research articles with undergraduate authors on pH regulation, as well as publishing numerous science-fiction novels. One of these novels, A Door into the Ocean, earned the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

The Microbial Cell
Microbial Life
Origin and Discovery
Presents the history of microbial discovery from ancient times up to the present day
Including twentieth-century discoverers of gene cloning
The archaeal domain, and the ubiquity of horizontal gene transfer
Observing the Microbial Cell
Presents microscopy as the key tool of microbial discovery
From an in-depth treatment of light microscopy and electron microscopy to examples of confocal fluorescence and scanning probe microscopy
In-depth coverage of microscopy helps the student evaluate models of the cell presented in Part II
Genes and Genomes, and Part III, Metabolism and Biochemistry
Cell Structure and Function
Emphasizes the functional unity of the cell, from envelope to nucleoid
Coverage includes envelope diversity (Gram positive, Gram negative, mycobacteria, and archaea)
Up-to-date models of the prokaryotic cytoskeleton, and nucleoid organization
The organization of DNA and RNA synthesis points to detailed exploration in Part II
Bacterial culture, Growth, and Development
Introduces the fundamental classes of metabolism, to be developed further in Part III
Developmental diversity includes biofilm formation, sporulation, and multicellular fruiting body cycles
Environmental Influence and Control of Microbial Growth
Presents extreme environments and microbial adaptations, as well as practical applications for control
Environmental topics are further explored in Part IV
Microbial Diversity and Ecology, while pathogens and their control are pursued in Part V
Medicine and Immunology
Virus Structure and Function
Includes up-to-date visualization methods such as cryo-EM as well as fluorescent-focus assays
Viral genetics is introduced in preparation for the key roles viruses play in microbial genetics, which is covered in Part II
Genes and Genomes
Genomes and Chromosomes
Presents the structure and function of microbial DNA
Emphasizing unity of mechanism as well as diversity of genome structure
Such as the existence of multiple linear and circular
Chromosomes within some bacteria
Transcription, Translation, and Bioinformatics
Presents gene expression, from transcription and translation through chaperone-assisted folding and transmembrane secretion
It also describes how knowledge of genes and proteins led to the science of bioinformatics
Gene Transfer, Mutations, and Genome Evolution
Emphasizes the multiple means of prokaryotic gene transfer, including its relevance to the evolution of pathogens and hosts
Intriguing variations include the role of the transformation apparatus in enabling bacteria to consume DNA for energy
Molecular Regulation
Presents current models of molecular regulation
With relevance to survival in natural ecosystems and in host organisms
Viral Molecular Biology
Treats examples of viruses in depth
Emphasizing diversity of molecular mechanisms
Such as primers consisting of host-derived proteins or transfer RNA
Molecular Techniques and Biotechnology
Presents research approaches and practical examples of applying molecular genetics to microbial discovery
Metabolism and Biochemistry
Energetics and Catabolism
Presents the thermodynamic basis of microbial energetics, including emerging catabo
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