The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microbiology: Simple Explanations of Complex Concepts About the Tiniest Life Forms

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Penguin, Nov 7, 2006 - Science - 352 pages
Microbiology, the branch of biology that studies microorganisms and their effects on humans, is a key part of medical training curriculum. Written by a top professor of microbiology and an experienced science writer, this book is a basic microbiology course that can be understood by anyone, including medical students, profesisonals wanting to bone up of the subjects, and laypersons wanting to know about the topic. Prepared by a top professor of microbiology and an experienced popular science writer. Almost every student enrolled in medical school, nursing, dentistry, pharmacology, and veterinary medicine must take microbiology. Includes coverage on microbes and their relationship with each other, the body's immune system, infectious diseases, biotechnology, and bioterrorism.
 

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Contents

Microbes and Microbiology
1
The Two Prokaryotes Bacteria and Archaea
13
The Three Eukaryotes
25
Are They Alive?
39
How Microbes Make a Living
49
How Microbes Make a Living
51
A Little About Microbial Genetics and Genomics
63
The Alphabet of Life
73
Dodging Disease by Preventing Pathogens
131
Dealing with Disease
145
Life on Man Woman and Child
157
Part k The Infectious Diseases
171
Bacterial Diseases
197
Eukaryote
215
Toxoplasma gondii
225
Food Diseases and Emerging Diseases
233

Genetic Engineering Controversies
79
Cell Structure and Cell Structures
81
Bacterial Cell Walls and Membranes
85
Microbial Lifestyles
93
Life on EarthAnd on Man Woman and Child
103
The Social Life of Microbes
105
Life in the Combat Zone
119
Food Preservation
240
Chronic Diseases as Emerging Diseases
247
More Life on Earth and Under It Too 231
253
Microbes Go to Workand to War
265
Microbiology in the TwentyFirst Century
279
Appendixes
289
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