This talented author team of a leading microbiology researcher and educator (and former president of the ASM-American Society for Microbiology) and a physician is uniquely qualified to present and teach the complex and rapidly changing field of microbiology. Their experience combines to give the text an authority and clarity rare in microbiology texts.The process-oriented approach and stepwise development of concepts helps you understand why scientists know certain facts, not just that they are known. Ultimately, students understand microbiology, not simply memorize it. This revision includes more motivating Case Studies which increase student relevance, the elimination of jargon to place even greater emphasis on appropriate detail, and a notably clear writing style. Significant updating throughout ensures students have access to the most current research in this dynamic field. The ancillary package is now one of the most complete packages available for this course, with numerous supplements including a study guide, lab manual, and 251 four-color transparencies. An Electronic Companion to Beginning Microbiology CD-ROM from Cogito Learning Media, Inc. comes free with every new student copy of the text. The CD Connections feature in the textbook guides students to the CD so they can interpret, amplify, practice, and review concepts learned in the text through fun and interactive exercises on the CD.Gene Discovery Lab CD-ROM/web site is available for students to explore a molecular biology laboratory.