Microbiology: A Human Perspective- Fourth Edition
Coverage has been updated throughout the text to reflect the rapid and sometimes surprising growth in the field of microbiology. This effort is particularly evident in chapters covering the innate immune response (chapter 15) and the adaptive immune response (chapter 16) and reflects the latest thoughts on how the immune system protects us from infectious disease.
Some coverage has been simplified in this edition, particularly in the areas of genetics and biotechnology. More emphasis has been given to applications of basic biotechnology in chapter 9 and to basic microbiology in chapter 31 on environmental microbiology.
New summary tables have been added throughout the text to provide students with a concise summarization of complex information. A few examples of new tables include:
Chapter 3: comparison of Gram-positive and Gram-negative cell walls
Chapter 6: comparison of photosynthetic mechanisms
Chapter 9: list of recombinant DNA technologies and their applications
Chapter 15: innate defense mechanisms
Coverage of helminths has largely been moved from the text to the Online Learning Center. Several chapters have been extensively revised, restructured, and updated to provide students with the most modern coverage available in a concise, easy-to-read presentation. These include:
Chapter 6: Metabolism: Fueling Cell Growth
Chapter 9: Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA
Chapters 15 & 16: The Innate Immune Response and The Adaptive Immune Response
Chapter 19: Host-Microbe Interactions
Chapter 30: Microbes and the Environment
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