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Living in a Microbial World

Bruce Hofkin
Publication Date:
March 01, 2017
Content Details:
450 pages | 428 illustrations

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    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 rigour 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, 2nd edition, comes with a full range of supplements:

    • 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




      • Clear and simple explanations using everyday examples
      • Concise, yet rigorous, and ideal for a one semester course
      • Cases throughout the text integrate microbiology into the outside world
      • End-of-chapter questions and on online multiple choice quiz
      • Updated to reflect the influence of microbiology on the world today
  • 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