Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful, 2012

Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful 
 Trudy M. Wassenaar 
ISBN-10: 1118107667 
ISBN-13: 978-1118107669 

 When most people hear the word "bacteria" they think of food poisoning; infections; and acute, debilitating, or fatal diseases. Yet, while E. coli, strep, and other bacterial pathogens certainly cause their share of misery in the world, they are only a tiny portion of a vast universe of microorganisms—the most basic of life forms. Without them, nothing else could live or grow on Planet Earth. Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful introduces you to this diverse, microscopic world and explains the fundamental microbiological concepts you need to explore the life and behavior of bacteria. Even if you have no previous background in the subject, the book's clear, jargon-free language tells you what you need to know about: 
  •  The origins and evolution of bacteria 
  •  Some of the fundamental ways in which bacteria have shaped the world 
  •  Bacteria commonly found in the healthy human body 
  • Antibiotics and the growing problem of resistance 
  • Marine microbiology, bacterial toxins, and enzymes 
  •  Bacterial genetics and genomics 
  •  Bacteria that survive in extreme environments, such as boiling water 
  •  And much more 



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