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Microbiology For Dummies

Microbiology For Dummies

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Wydawnictwo John Wiley & Sons
Data wydania 01/04/2019
Wydanie Pierwsze
Liczba stron 384
Forma publikacji książka w miękkiej oprawie
Poziom zaawansowania Dla profesjonalistów, specjalistów i badaczy naukowych
Język angielski
ISBN 9781119544425
Kategorie Biologia, Mikrobiologia (nie medyczna)
93.12 PLN (z VAT)
$25.33 / €20.77 / £17.84 /
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Dostawa 3-4 tygodnie
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Opis książki

Microbiology For Dummies (9781119544425) was previously published as Microbiology For Dummies (9781118871188). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product. 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.

Microbiology For Dummies

Spis treści

Introduction 1


About This Book 1


Foolish Assumptions 2


Icons Used in This Book 2


Beyond the Book 3


Where to Go from Here 3


Part 1: Getting Started With Microbiology 5


Chapter 1: Microbiology and You 7


Why Microbiology? 7


Introducing the Microorganisms 8


Deconstructing Microbiology 10


Chapter 2: Microbiology: The Young Science 11


Before Microbiology: Misconceptions and Superstitions 12


Discovering Microorganisms 12


Debunking the myth of spontaneous generation 13


Improving medicine, from surgery to antibiotics and more 14


Looking at microbiology outside the human body 16


The Future of Microbiology 16


Exciting frontiers 17


Remaining challenges 18


Chapter 3: Microbes: They're Everywhere and They Can Do Everything 21


Habitat Diversity 23


Metabolic Diversity 24


Getting energy 25


Capturing carbon 25


Making enzymes 26


Secondary metabolism 26


The Intersection of Microbes and Everyone Else 27


Part 2: Balancing the Dynamics Of Microbial Life 29


Chapter 4: Understanding Cell Structure and Function 31


Seeing the Shapes of Cells 31


Life on a Minute Scale: Considering the Size of Prokaryotes 33


The Cell: An Overview 34


Scaling the Outer Membrane and Cell Walls 35


Examining the outer membrane 35


Exploring the cell wall 37


Other Important Cell Structures 41


Divining Cell Division 43


Tackling Transport Systems 44


Coasting with the current: Passive transport 45


Upstream paddle: Active transport 46


Keeping things clean with efflux pumps 46


Getting Around with Locomotion 47


Chapter 5: Making Sense of Metabolism 49


Converting with Enzymes 49


In Charge of Energy: Oxidation and Reduction 51


Donating and accepting electrons 52


Bargaining with energy-rich compounds 54


Storing energy for later 55


Breaking Down Catabolism 56


Digesting glycolysis 56


Stepping along with respiration and electron carriers 57


Moving with the proton motive force 59


Turning the citric acid cycle 60


Stacking Up with Anabolism 61


Creating amino acids and nucleic acids 62


Making sugars and polysaccharides 63


Putting together fatty acids and lipids 65


Chapter 6: Getting the Gist of Microbial Genetics 67


Organizing Genetic Material 68


DNA: The recipe for life 68


Perfect plasmids 70


Doubling down with DNA replication 71


Assembling the Cellular Machinery 75


Making messenger RNA 75


Remembering other types of RNA 77


Synthesizing protein 78


Making the Right Amount: Regulation 80


Turning the tap on and off: DNA regulation 81


Regulating prot

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