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Microbiology: Principles and Explorations Hardcover – January 2, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470107485 ISBN-10: 0470107480 Edition: 7th
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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.

Jackie black is an expert in bacteriophage therapy. For more information on this fascinating topic, view her lecture on the student website (www.wiley.com/college/black).

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 968 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 7 edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470107480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470107485
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Outstanding on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Parker on April 20, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KristiAmber on 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 By Shannon Hankins on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lolu on June 5, 2013
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The book has the same information that was in the US version. What I liked about the book is its paperback cover; it's more lightweight if you have to bring it to class. It comes with the list of "diseases and the organisms that cause it", and the list of "pathogens and the diseases they cause". There's an index and table of content, preface, end of the chapter terminology check & self check, nice colored pictures, tables, & graphs. Although there wasn't an access code or CD included, I purchased this edition because it was the most current edition of the book and less expensive than the US version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charity miller on 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 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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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 require for memorization. For example, I'll was reading along about Malaria and sentence after sentence is simply naming effective medications. While I believe this type of information should be included in the book, it should be in a table format - such that an instructor can simply say - "memorize table such-and-such". Reading it in sentence format is analogous to reading the book of Numbers in the Old Testament. A well written text-book will be captivating. Lists and complicated processes should not be included in the text of the book because it disrupts the flow reading. They should strictly be included in figures and tables and simply referred to in the text. I.e. "See table 23.4 for the list of characteristics symptoms, diagnostic techniques, and effective medications for this disease". Then move on to the next topic.
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