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Molecular Genetics of Bacteria [Hardcover]

Larry Snyder , Wendy Champness
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October 2002 155581204X 978-1555812041 2 Sub
"Molecular Genetics of Bacteria" fulfills the need for a comprehensive, primary textbook in bacterial genetics. It is ideally suited as a textbook for advanced undergraduate level courses and as background reading for graduate level courses. It is also recommended reading for scientists in all fields of biology, many of which depend upon the concepts and techniques covered in this book. While the book concentrates on the necessity of the bacterium Escherichia coli, about which most is known, it also uses examples from other bacteria as appropriate. The material in each chapter has been substantially updated to reflect exciting developments in the field of bacterial molecular genetics and its relationship to other fields, including eukaryotic cell biology and development. Recent years have been a period of consolidation in biology with many seemingly diverse areas being discovered to be different manifestations of the same phenomenon; these relationships have been emphasized. It has also been a period of major technical advances, including genomics and microarrays, which are also covered in the book. The second edition retains the same organization and style as the first edition, and the order of presentation of the topics has been largely unchanged as this order was popular with most instructors using the textbook. As before, each chapter contains a chapter summary, a set of discussion questions to encourage speculation, problems (with answers), and suggested readings, all of which are updated to reflect advances in the field. It also retains the use of boxes to present related material of interest to each topic without breaking the continuity of the text. The second edition will continue to serve as an important text for all courses in bacterial molecular genetics and as background for courses in molecular biology and biotechnology. New to the second edition: substantially updated to reflect developments in the field of bacterial molecular genetics; chapters begin with descriptive treatment of each topic and end with more technical molecular genetic experiments the led to the knowledge; and new chapter on molecular genetic applications in bacteria, including genetic studies of sporulation, bacterial development, and protein translocation.

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Key Features and Benefits
* Each chapter includes a concise end-of-chapter summary of the material covered
* Incorporates text boxes that introduce readers to exciting developments and related topics of interest
* Provides thought questions, problems, and suggested reading lists at the conclusion of each chapter that test student comprehension and encourage further research
* Written by only two authors, both of whom are specialists in the field and who have significant experience teaching the subject of bacterial molecular genetics
* Integrates biochemical, genomic, and structural information that broadens the knowledge obtained from molecular genetics
* Focuses on the most widely studied bacteria, Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis, but incorporates many examples from other bacteria of medical, ecological, and biotechnological importance --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Authors: Larry Snyder, Michigan State University, USA Wendy Champness, Michigan State University, USA --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 566 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Society for Microbiology; 2 Sub edition (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155581204X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555812041
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book March 25, 2004
This is an excellent and in-depth presentation of the molecular genetics of prokaryotes. Explanations are crystal clear throughout, and the diagrams are very well done. (Typographical errors are everywhere, but fortunately they are easy to spot and none of them are misleading.) The text can seem long at times, but the extra effort spent reading is repaid in terms of clarity. The authors are careful to insure everything is explained well. The book also covers several areas of prokaryotic biology besides molecular genetics, such as cell division, antibiotics, transport of molecules across the cell membrane, two-component signaling pathways, bacteriophages, and many others.
This is undoubtedly the best introduction to prokaryotic biology out there. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic introduction to the subject July 31, 2005
This is one of few college textbooks I've used that has actually HELPED me learn the course material. The book takes you from the basics (DNA structure and replication, etc.) all the way through some very complex concepts while never missing a beat. It's surprisingly readable and student-user-friendly whether you're a beginner or a certifiable gene jockey. My only complaint is the quality of the figures; some of them are very small and thus hard to read, and as one reviewer commented, they are sort of simplistic to the point of not being very thorough. Having full-color illustrations would be a big plus.

Overall, this book definitely surpasses other bacterial genetics books I've seen as far as readability and organization goes. It delivers what it promises!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and informative March 5, 2005
This book is great in developing the concepts and explaining in an easy but at the same time technical way just what is involved in bacterial genetics. Teaching from the historical perspective, you really get a sense of what these researchers were faced with and just how valuable their breakthoughs were. It doesn't try to be "hip" like so many other undergraduate textbooks out there, and for that they get full credit. The figures are a little simplistic though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is incredibly well written. It follows a logical progression throughout and is detailed, yet still clear. I am graduating with two degrees (Biochemistry and Microbiology) and I can say I've used this book more than any other on my shelf. I bought it for a bacterial physiology course, but have used it for many others when I needed a better explanation than the assigned readings or the professors supplied. I really appreciate that the language is straight forward and you don't have to muscle your way through it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bacterial genetics text December 1, 2010
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This is probably one of my favorite biology books on my three shelves of (bio) textbooks and notes. The information is indepth, but the authors make sure to give descent background and work their way up to topics. Unlike many biology books, they successfully divide their information up into appropriate, manageable topics so it flows relatively seamlessly. It is still information dense, hence the 'relatively'. I'm writing this review because I am currently writing a grant proposal for my lab job to start a genetics project. Although I've taken genetics, this book has been a great refresher and a reminder of the nuances that make genetics a precarious research topic. It covers very relevant information that is necessary to know before embarking on specific projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Price ! May 15, 2014
By BarBon
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I received exactly what I was looking for at a great price and I received it on time

I recommend , surely not waste your money
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book for molecular biology students December 21, 2013
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This book can't be used as a stand alone book for a microbiology course in graduate level but better as a sub for a portion of the class. An easy read and in depth it was but not broad enough in my opinion. It goes deep into the genetics and transposons than most other books that I have read. Other potential uses of transposons were also mentioned in this book. In general, I would recommend this book as a reference for graduate level classes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book September 24, 2013
By Heather
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Lots of information, Good reference text, might be a little overwhelming for a person new to genetics, i would suggest it
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4.0 out of 5 stars $40 for a textbook that costs $150+ in campus bookstores!
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Published 15 months ago by Ashton H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for a reference
This book was purchased for a class, but it is much too detailed for any semester long course. It would better be used as a reference when conducting microbial genetic research.
Published 15 months ago by William Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Goood
I previously took a molecular genetics course and the material is very similar but quite accurate! however, the text is lengthy and not particularely easy to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bacterial Genetics Required Textbook
Cool figures and depictions which clarify how some cellular systems function. Helpful index and online resources as well. Read more
Published 18 months ago by ravSTA
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new .. yeah .. heavy .. but then good for study ..
however, I do not read ... it is too thick ...
Published 19 months ago by Tae
4.0 out of 5 stars required text
Textbook is not bad, covered ch. 1- 13 in a one semester upper lvl microbiology course. can be learned with little to no biology background. Read more
Published 19 months ago by chemstudent
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great textbook
I just finish my bacterial genetics course and this textbook was assigned. This textbook is well written but is also at times very dense. Read more
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I ordered a used book that siad it was as good as new. and thats exactly what it was. Very happy with it. Thanks!
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