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  • Ebook
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $62.49
  • November 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-11896-4
  • 1100 pages
  • License Term (days): 180
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide


An Evolving Science

Second Edition

Ebook, Online Version

Joan L. Slonczewski (Author, Kenyon College), John W. Foster (Author, University of South Alabama)


The most successful new microbiology text in a generation.

Microbiology: An Evolving Science, Second Edition, provides students with the tools they need to understand the rapidly advancing field of microbiology by enriching foundational topics with current research examples. The readable and authoritative text is paired with a stunning and unified art program that helps students visualize key microbial processes and structures.


An emphasis on current research

Microbiology: An Evolving Science seamlessly integrates current research with foundational topics, giving students a contemporary portrait of the dynamic and exciting nature of the science of microbiology. 

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A stunning and consistently executed art program

Microbiology: An Evolving Science’s visually appealing and unified art program, including 50 high-quality animations, teaches students to visualize key microbial processes and showcases the latest structural discoveries. 

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An emphasis on genomics and molecular genetics

In addition to a thorough introduction to genomics in Part 2, the authors have integrated a genomic perspective throughout the text. Coverage of genetics and genomics comes earlier than it does in other texts, offering students many advantages, including an understanding of how genomes reveal the potential metabolic pathways of diverse organisms and how genomics and metagenomics reveal the character of microbial communities. 

A balance of microbial ecology and medical microbiology

Microbiology: An Evolving Science gives equal attention to coverage of ecological and medical microbiology. Six chapters are devoted to each topic, and each time a new principle is introduced, both ecological and medical examples are considered. Whenever possible, the authors emphasize the merging of the two fields. 

In-text tools that stimulate inquiry

Pedagogical features in each chapter:

Thought Questions throughout each chapter integrate core concepts and challenge students to think critically. In-depth descriptions of the correct answer or answers are included in the back of the book, offering students additional opportunities for learning.

• New end-of-chapter Thought Questions ask students to consider the big-picture concepts introduced in that chapter as review, homework, and exam questions or as in-class discussion questions.

To Summarize boxes at the end of each chapter section ensure that students fully understand the key concepts before they move to the next topic.


    Chapter 1. Microbial Life: Origin and Discovery
    Chapter 2. Observing the Microbial Cell
    Chapter 3. Cell Structure and Function
    Chapter 4. Bacterial Culture, Growth, and Development
    Chapter 5. Environmental Influences and Control of Microbial Growth
    Chapter 6. Virus Structure and Function


    Chapter 7. Genomes and Chromosomes
    Chapter 8. Transcription, Translation, and Bioinformatics
    Chapter 9. Gene Transfer, Mutations, and Genome Evolution
    Chapter 10. Molecular Regulation
    Chapter 11. Viral Molecular Biology
    Chapter 12. Molecular Techniques and Biotechnology


    Chapter 13. Energetics and Catabolism
    Chapter 14. Respiration, Lithotrophy, and Photolysis
    Chapter 15. Biosynthesis
    Chapter 16. Food and Industrial Microbiology


    Chapter 17. Origins and Evolution
    Chapter 18. Bacterial Diversity
    Chapter 19. Archaeal Diversity
    Chapter 20. Eukaryotic Diversity
    Chapter 21. Microbial Ecology
    Chapter 22. Microbes and the Global Environment


    Chapter 23. Human Microbiota and Nonspecific Host Defenses
    Chapter 24. The Adaptive Immune Response
    Chapter 25. Microbial Pathogenesis
    Chapter 26. Microbial Diseases
    Chapter 27. Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
    Chapter 28. Clinical Microbiology and Epidemiology


    Appendix 1. Biological Molecules
    Appendix 2. Introductory Cell Biology: Eukaryotic Cells