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Understanding microbes : an introduction to a small world

Author: Jeremy Dale
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. ©2013
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"We can't see them, but microbes are the dominant form of life on Earth. They make up half of the world's biomass. They were here billions of years before we were, and they will be here after we are gone. Without their activity, life as we know it would be impossible. Even within our own bodies, there are ten times as many bacterial cells as human cells. Understanding Microbes provides a clear, accessible
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Dale, Jeremy (Jeremy W.).
Understanding microbes.
(DLC) 2012032317
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Dale
ISBN: 1118482735 9781118482735 9781299158689 1299158684
OCLC Number: 828494620
Description: 1 online resource (x, 230 pages) : color illustrations
Contents: Preface ix 1 The Background 1 1.1 Meet the cast 1 1.2 Food for microbes 13 1.3 Basic molecular biology 15 2 Microbes and Health 19 2.1 Microbes in the body 19 2.2 Defences against infection 26 3 Microbial Infections 33 3.1 Diseases of the past 33 3.2 Diseases of the present 45 3.3 Opportunist infections 50 3.4 New diseases 52 3.5 Animal diseases 58 4 Prevention and Cure 63 4.1 Epidemics 63 4.2 Antibiotics 72 5 Microbes and Food Friend and Foe 83 5.1 Food spoilage 83 5.2 Food preservation 86 5.3 Fermented foods 88 5.4 Food poisoning and food-borne diseases 91 6 Microbes and the Environment 97 6.1 Water 100 6.2 Soil 107 6.3 Plants 108 6.4 Biodegradation 112 6.5 Extreme environments 116 7 Microbial Evolution Genes and Genomes 119 7.1 Evolution and inheritance 119 7.2 Horizontal gene transfer 122 7.3 Variation in gene expression 128 7.4 Gene cloning and sequencing 131 8 Microbial Development and Communication 141 8.1 Cell division 141 8.2 Motility 145 8.3 Biofilms 146 8.4 Quorum sensing 150 8.5 Bacterial sporulation 152 8.6 Multicellular behaviour 153 8.7 Biological clocks 156 9 Microbial Biotechnology Practical Uses of Microbes 159 9.1 Amino acids 160 9.2 Biofuels 161 9.3 Microbes and metals 163 9.4 Oil spills 166 9.5 Sewage and water treatment 168 9.6 Antibiotics and other medical products 170 9.7 Vaccines 172 9.8 Proteins 177 10 Controversies and Speculations 181 10.1 Evolution and the origins of life 181 10.2 Is there life elsewhere in the universe? 186 10.3 Creating new life 187 10.4 Is it safe? Assessment of risk, risk versus benefit 187 10.5 Superbugs and killer viruses 192 10.6 Microbes and climate change 193 10.7 Microbes and non-infectious diseases 195 10.8 Epilogue 200 Appendix 1: Explanations 201 A1.1 Monomers and polymers 201 A1.1.1 Sugars and polysaccharides 201 A1.1.2 Amino acids and proteins 202 A1.1.3 Nucleic acids 204 A1.1.4 Fats and lipids 205 A1.2 Enzymes and catalysis 206 A1.2.1 Oxidation and reduction, respiration and photosynthesis 206 A1.2.2 Hydrolysis 208 A1.2.3 Polymerization 208 Appendix 2: Abbreviations and Terminology 211 A2.1 Abbreviations and jargon 211 A2.2 Numbers 213 A2.3 Units 214 Appendix 3: Further Reading 215 Subject Index 217 Index of Names 229
Responsibility: Jeremy W. Dale, University of Surrey, UK.

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