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Microbiology is the study of life itself, down to the smallest particle
Microbiology is a fascinating field that explores life down to the tiniest level. Did you know that your body contains more bacteria cells than human cells? It's true. Microbes are essential to our everyday lives, from the food we eat to the very internal systems that keep us alive. These microbes include bacteria, algae, fungi, viruses, and nematodes. Without microbes, life on Earth would not survive. It's amazing to think that all life is so dependent on these microscopic creatures, but their impact on our future is even more astonishing. Microbes are the tools that allow us to engineer hardier crops, create better medicines, and fuel our technology in sustainable ways. Microbes may just help us save the world.
 
Microbiology For Dummies is your guide to understanding the fundamentals of this enormously-encompassing field. Whether your career plans include microbiology or another science or health specialty, you need to understand life at the cellular level before you can understand anything on the macro scale.
 

Explore the difference between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
Understand the basics of cell function and metabolism
Discover the differences between pathogenic and symbiotic relationships
Study the mechanisms that keep different organisms active and alive
You need to know how cells work, how they get nutrients, and how they die. You need to know the effects different microbes have on different systems, and how certain microbes are integral to ecosystem health. Microbes are literally the foundation of all life, and they are everywhere. Microbiology For Dummies will help you understand them, appreciate them, and use them.


About the Author
Jennifer C. Stearns, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department 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 Department of Medicine and the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University. Julienne C. Kaiser, MSc, is a PhD candidate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Western University where she studies drug-resistant bacteria.

  • Introduction(第1頁)
    • About This Book(第1頁)
    • Foolish Assumptions(第2頁)
    • Icons Used in This Book(第2頁)
    • Beyond the Book(第3頁)
    • Where to Go from Here(第3頁)
  • Part I: Getting Started with Microbiology(第5頁)
    • Chapter 1: Microbiology and You(第7頁)
    • Chapter 2: Microbiology: The Young Science(第11頁)
    • Chapter 3: Microbes: They’re Everywhere and They Can Do Everything(第21頁)
  • Part II: Balancing the Dynamics of Microbial Life(第29頁)
    • Chapter 4: Understanding Cell Structure and Function(第31頁)
    • Chapter 5: Making Sense of Metabolism(第49頁)
    • Chapter 6: Get ting the Gist of Microbial Genetics(第67頁)
    • Chapter 7: Measuring Microbial Growth(第89頁)
  • Part III: Sorting Out Microbial Diversity(第105頁)
    • Chapter 8: Appreciating Microbial Ancestry(第107頁)
    • Chapter 9: Harnessing Energy, Fixing Carbon(第121頁)
    • Chapter 10: Comparing Respiration and Fermentation(第141頁)
    • Chapter 11: Uncovering a Variety of Habitats(第157頁)
  • Part IV: Meeting the Microbes(第179頁)
    • Chapter 12: Meet the Prokaryotes(第181頁)
    • Chapter 13: Say Hello to the Eukaryotes(第199頁)
    • Chapter 14: Examining the Vastness of Viruses(第219頁)
  • Part V: Seeing the Impact of Microbes(第237頁)
    • Chapter 15: Understanding Microbes in Human Health and Disease(第239頁)
    • Chapter 16: Putting Microbes to Work: Biotechnology(第261頁)
    • Chapter 17: Fighting Microbial Diseases(第283頁)
  • Part VI: New Frontiers in Microbiology(第299頁)
    • Chapter 18: Teasing Apart Communities(第301頁)
    • Chapter 19: Synthesizing Life(第313頁)
  • Part VII: The Part of Tens(第325頁)
    • Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Diseases Caused by Microbes(第327頁)
    • Chapter 21: Ten Great Uses for Microbes(第335頁)
    • Chapter 22: Ten Great Uses for Microbiology(第341頁)
  • Index(第349頁)
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