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Living in a Microbial World

2nd Edition

By Bruce Hofkin

Garland Science

472 pages | 428 Color Illus.

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eBook (VitalSource) : 9780429326684
pub: 2017-03-03
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Please note this version is for instructors only; students and bookstores should purchase 9780815346102.

As with the first edition, this new edition of Living in a Microbial World is written for students taking a general microbiology course, or a microbiology-based course for non-science majors. The conversational style and use of practical, everyday examples make the essential concepts of microbiology accessible to a wide audience. While using this approach, the text maintains scientific rigor with clear explanations spanning the breadth of microbiology, including health, evolution, ecology, food production, biotechnology, and industrial processes.

Each chapter contains a series of case studies based on microbiology in the news, in history, and in literature. There are questions at the end of each case study and the end of each chapter, as well as an online quiz with help on answering the questions. The text, questions, and cases have been updated to reflect the changing influence of microbiology in the world today, from the microbiome, to new disease outbreaks (Ebola and Zika) and antibiotic resistance, to new biotechnology tools (CRISPR-Cas).

Living in a Microbial World, Second Edition is additionally supported by the Garland Science Learning System. This homework platform is designed to evaluate and improve student performance and allows instructors to select assignments on specific topics and review the performance of the entire class, as well as individual students, via the instructor dashboard. Students receive immediate feedback on their mastery of the topics, and will be better prepared for lectures and classroom discussions. The user-friendly system provides a convenient way to engage students while assessing progress. Performance data can be used to tailor classroom discussion, activities, and lectures to address students’ needs precisely and efficiently. For more information and sample material, visit

Living in a Microbial World, Second Edition comes with a full range of supplements:

  • The Garland Science Learning System
  • Images available in PowerPoint and JPEG
  • Testbank
  • Online quiz with answers and feedback
  • Extra modules
  • Help answering the end-of-chapter questions
  • Animations
  • Media guide
  • Online glossary

Table of Contents

1. Living in a Microbial World

2. The Chemistry of Life

3. The Cell: Where Life Begins

4. A Field Guide to the Microorganisms

5. Life’s Grey Zone: Viruses and Prions

6. The Microbiology of History and the History of Microbiology

7. Microbial Genetics

8. Metabolism and Growth

9. Microbial Evolution: The Origin and Diversity of Life

10. A Microbiologist’s Guide to Ecology

11. The Nature of the Disease: A Pathogen’s Perspective

12. The Nature of Disease (part 2): Host Defense

13. Control of Microbial Growth

14. Epidemiology: Who, What, When, Where, and Why?

15. The Future Is Here: Microorganisms and Biotechnology

16. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Microorganisms and Food

17. Better Living with Microorganisms: Industrial and Applied Microbiology

About the Author

Bruce V. Hofkin received his PhD from the University of New Mexico where he is currently a faculty member in the Department of Biology. His primary research interest is the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology