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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $128.00
  • October 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-12367-8
  • 1408 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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An Evolving Science

Third Edition


with Ebook Registration Code

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


The most contemporary microbiology textbook is also the most accessible.

Extensive new research examples are used to integrate foundational topics with cutting-edge coverage of microbial evolution, genomics, molecular genetics, and biotechnology. Microbiology: An Evolving Science is now more student-friendly, with an authoritative and readable text, a comprehensively updated art program, and an innovative media package.


Every chapter reflects current research discoveries in the field

New research on contemporary subjects such as evolution, genomics, metagenomics, molecular genetics and biotechnology enrich students’ understanding of foundational topics and highlight the current state of the field. Each chapter opens with an image and a description of a recent research discovery. Special Topic boxes also focus on recent research and every chapter includes a wealth of new research examples and laboratory techniques—balanced between ecological and medical microbiology.

An up-to-date and dynamic art program

New in-figure Thought Questions encourage students to interpret and analyze important figures in every chapter. Many figures in the text pair with a process animation online—a QR code in the caption allows students with a smartphone to access the process animation as they’re reading. And a new, fresh, contemporary design and art palette present content in a more engaging and visually dynamic manner.

Presents core concepts in a way that motivates learning

The narrative of each chapter engages students with stories about classic and contemporary researchers doing science and making discoveries. Ample Thought Questions challenge students to think critically and make connections within and between chapters. And Special Topic boxes show research in action.

Instructors and students have easy access to digital content

For instructors, a new Interactive Instructor’s Guide and Micrograph Database (with hundreds of micrographs tagged by taxonomy as well as by chapter and theme) provide a wealth of lecture-quality images. For students, the enhanced ebook—which is automatically included in every new copy of the text—gathers all the multimedia tools together in one place: process animations, embedded self-study questions, weblinks, and more.

    Part I: The Microbial Cell
    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. Viruses

    Part II: Genes and Genomes
    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. Biotechniques and Synthetic Biology

    Part III: Metabolism and Biochemistry
    Chapter 13. Energetics and Catabolism
    Chapter 14. Electron Flow on Organotrophy, Lithotrophy. and Phototrophy
    Chapter 15. Biosynthesis
    Chapter 16. Food and Industrial Microbiology

    Part IV: Microbial Diversity and Ecology
    Chapter 17. Origins and Evolution
    Chapter 18. Bacterial Diversity
    Chapter 19. Archaeal Diversity
    Chapter 20. Eukaryotic Diversity
    Chapter 21. Microbial Ecology
    Chapter 22. Microbes in Global Elemental Cycles

    Part V: Medicine and Immunology
    Chapter 23. Human Microbiota and Innate Immunity
    Chapter 24. The Adaptive Immune Response
    Chapter 25. Microbial Pathogenesis
    Chapter 26. Microbial Diseases
    Chapter 27. Antimicrobial Therapy
    Chapter 28. Clinical Microbiology and Epidemiology

    Appendix 1. Biological Molecules
    Appendix 2. Introductory Cell Biology: Eukaryotic Cells
    Appendix 3. Laboratory Methods for Microbiology
    Appendix 4. Taxonomy