Archaea: Molecular and Cellular Biology

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ASM Press, 2007 - Medical - 523 pages
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Since the discovery in 1977 that they constitute a distinct branch of the biological world, archaea have expanded and altered the field of microbiology. Archaea can thrive in some of the most extreme environments on the planet, from extremely alkaline or acid waters to high-temperature environments near thermal vents in the deep sea. This exceptional ability to survive and prosper has led scientists to speculate that archaea played a significant role in shaping all life on Earh and may provide valuable keys to the search for extra-terrestrial life. This path-breaking book fully describes the molecular cell biology of the archaea in one accessible and readable volume. With twenty-three chapters by the world's leading experts, this book emphasizes each author's individual research expertise, while also being a general guide to the latest knowledge on archaea. The core of the book describes the key cellular processes such as DNA replication, transcription, translation, lipids and metabolism. It also explains their unique features including aminoacyl-tRNA synthesis, signal transduction, and post-translational modification. Above all, this volume details the latest discoveries of the twenty-first century and anticipates new progress expected in the future. This volume is a timely and essential reference for researchers, instructors, practitioners in the field, and students of the unique qualities of archaea. Archaea: Molecular and Cellular Biology will remain the authoritative reference source for the many disciplines interested in the archaea for years to come.

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