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2nd Edition

Living in a Microbial World

ISBN 9781315294001
Published November 26, 2020 by W.W. Norton & Company
450 Pages 428 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

As with the first edition, this second 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).

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

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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.