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Microbiology: Principles and Explorations [Hardcover]

Jacquelyn G. Black
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January 2, 2008 0470107480 978-0470107485 7
Microbiology: Principles and Explorations has been a best-selling textbook for several editions due to the author's engaging writing style where her passion for the subject shines through the narrative. The text's student-friendly approach provides readers with an excellent introduction to the study of Microbiology. This text is appropriate for non-major and mixed major microbiology courses, allied health, agriculture and food sciences courses too.

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The image shows two T4 bacteriophage viruses attaching to, and injecting DNA into, a bacterium. Like alien invaders, they are going to consume the contents of the bacterial cell, using the materials to make hundreds of copies of themselves, finally rupturing open the cell wall of the now dead bacterium, liberating the hundreds of offspring to attack more bacteria. Using bacteriophages (bacteriophage therapy) gets around the problems of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. And, since a given bacteriophage will target and kill only one specific strain of bacterium, the normal bacterial flora will not be disturbed, thus preventing side effects such as diarrhea and vaginal yeast infections.

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About the Author

Jacquelyn  Black received her B.A., B.S., M.S. from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. from Catholic University of America. She has been teaching microbiology to undergraduates since 1970. She is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, and she has received grants for conducting teacher-training programs.

In May 0f 2000, the Washington Academy of Sciences gave Jackie the Leo Schubert Award for Excellence in Teaching of Science in College. This award is given for exceptional teaching and writing in the field of microbiology, with particular emphasis on the teaching o undergraduate students.

In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Dr. Black has engaged in fieldwork and studies throughout the globe. Her travels have taken her from the interior of Iceland to Belgium, Germany, Lappland, China, South America, Portugal, the barrier reef of Belize, and most recently to over a dozen universities in Russia.

Dr. Black describes herself as an "incorrigible snoop," interested in all the various aspects and applications of microbiology. this natural curiosity, coupled with her classroom and laboratory experience, makes her uniquely qualified to author an introductory microbiology textbook. This book conveys her sense of excitement for microbiology and offers the most current information on developments and applications within this field.

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  • Hardcover: 968 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 7 edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470107480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470107485
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great book for a 200- level course April 20, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I used this book in the 200-level microbiology course I taught last year and will use it again this year. It has wonderful figures and great instructor resources. There are a few errors in the text, for example the glossary gives the definition of an auxotroph to be that of an autotroph, and the autotroph definition is that of the auxotroph. This confused my students.

It's a great book for a nursing/ non-majors microbiology course. I would stick with Brock's Biology of Microorganisms for a Biology Majors course.

--> Addition to this review (Dec. 2010), it's filled with errors, as is the instructors guides that are online for this text. It makes it difficult to teach something if the book is incorrect. For example, look up autotroph and auxotroph in the glossary. The definitions are backwards. This is just one example of many errors!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Intro Microbio Text on the Market December 19, 2008
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This book is the best intro microbiology textbook I've seen. The author writes in a very straigtforward, no nonsense, yet detailed fashion and explains concepts with a perfect blend of precision and simpicity that other books lack. The book has nice photos and illustrations to support the great writing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected January 18, 2013
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The full version of the text is available as an e-rental for a great price. However, the way that the book was designed in digital format makes the print very small and hard to read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Did not come with additional resources August 20, 2013
By Katy
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I called Amazon before I ordered this book from them (bought it directly from Amazon - not a user) to make sure that the brand new version came with Wiley Plus access since my class requires it. I thought it was odd that it was $100 cheaper on Amazon than my bookstore who was selling the book complete with Wiley Plus. The associate I spoke to assured me that if it was a brand new copy it would come with all of the online access and additional resources I needed. I received the book (in a timely manner) but it did NOT come with the online access and it wasn't even wrapped in plastic. When I called back to let them know it didn't come with the access my options were to return the book for a refund or return the book and get another book that may or may not have the Wiley Access - I decided to just buy it from my bookstore. So long story short - I'm sure the actual book is a good product but I'm giving this a low rating because I specifically asked if it came with a product, was assured it did, and then it didn't. So if you need Wiley Plus for this class don't expect this book to actually be new shipping from Amazon or to contain it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars microbiology February 7, 2013
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I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! The illustrations were great and it was very well-explained. And very interesting. One of the very few textbooks I am keeping. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great textbook! December 14, 2012
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I rented this book through amazon for my Microbiology class. It's a great textbook - there are a lot of great photos throughout and I really used the appendix in the back quite often.
If looking at renting a digital version, I highly recommend it. It was wonderful to search the book by a keyword when needed, and I also like that it's much lighter to carry your device than the book itself.

Very interesting book that's well organized. I'm glad that it was a required book and I feel as though I learned a lot from it. While it's obviously not written for pleasure, and at times can be a bit rough to keep focus, it does enhance it's chapters with a lot of pertinent and current photos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Save $$$$ November 28, 2011
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This book is a great way to save money!!!! The non-international version that my class required was double the price. This is the international version, which is NO DIFFERENT in text, and it is paperback. The only down side may be selling it when I'm done.. oh well..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great July 18, 2013
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This book came in great condition; although, for the price I paid I thought it would still be in the packaging and with all the extras. My bad, I didn't check before purchasing.
This book is great for MCB 2010 which is what I used it for last semester
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book for gen microbiology
i like the book a lot, its very detailed and very useful at explaining things. This edition is same as the new one but differs in price
Published 9 days ago by WaterPyro
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Published 9 days ago by Feixuan Wang
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This book was in good condition and it serve its purpose.
Published 12 days ago by angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Used this for a course, and it's a great book. Even though I had an online version, I found it helpful to have a physical copy of the book as well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by King Jullian
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written; a number of mistakes! not worth the $
Poorly written; a number of mistakes (some bacterial names are not right)! not worth the money you payed! Look for other/newer editions.
Published 1 month ago by Alibayli Aykhan
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly written
This text has been a nightmare to work with. I think the organization is poor and the subjects are scattered about in different sections. Very difficult to learn from. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Irene LT
2.0 out of 5 stars Regurgitation of Details
This text book is loaded down with poorly communicated, extraneous details that no right-minded student is going commit the time to memorize and no right-minded professor would... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Graham Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars don't pay 200 for the 8th edition
this is the same book as the eighth edition. most likely your school is forcing you to buy Wiley Plus also, which has an on line textbook. Read more
Published 3 months ago by nicole elbert
1.0 out of 5 stars Get the real book
I got the digital version, I don't have any idea what made me do that. I think I must not have had time to order the real book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lyndsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You
thank you for the Microbiology: Principles and Explorations book. It was on time and in perfect quality. Thank You very Much
Published 3 months ago by lauren
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