Divided into sections covering the biology of microbes and microbes in the human world, the work covers topics such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, microbial genetics
, food preservation and safety, the biotechnology industry, microbes in agriculture, biological warfare, and bacterial diseases in humans.
Updated to include recent research and current events, this introduces the history of the discipline and then covers the molecules of the cell, DNA, bacteria (the first microbes), viruses, protists, fungi, growth and metabolism, microbial genetics
and the control of microbes.
He discusses such topics as diversity and functions of microorganisms in environmental engineering systems and environmental bioengineering processes, applied microbial genetics
and molecular biology, the microbial biodegradation of organic substances, public health microbiology for environmental engineers, the microbiology of water and wastewater treatment, the biotreatment of solid waste, and soil bioremediation.
The 57 class-tested exercises are divided into sections on microscopy, staining methods, cultivation of bacteria, microbial metabolism, microbial growth, control of microbial growth, microbial genetics
, the microbial world, viruses, interaction of microbe and host, immunology, microorganisms and disease, and microbiology and the environment.
Smith served as Research Scientist II, head of microbial genetics
at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Topics specific to health science include microbial genetics
, recombinant DNA technology, epidemiology and disease, immunity, vaccines and diagnosing disease, antimicrobial drugs, and viruses, viroids and prions.
Saad, a leading researcher in the team of KAUST Professor Heribert Hirt, works on three main areas: microbial genetics
; bacterial adaptation to different environmental conditions; and the relationship between microorganisms and organismsin particular the relationship between bacteria, plants and the molecular dialogs between them.
So how will the genetic wonder lab of the future, where a person's entire innate and microbial genetics
is unlocked in mere hours for perusal by the clinician and use in personalized medicine, work?
"The project combines our specialism in animal genetics and genomics with expertise in plant and microbial genetics
," Ricardo Pong-Wong from the Roslin institute said.
After five years of doing research in biochemistry I wanted to explore the alluring possibilities of research in microbial genetics
, of which very little was done inArgentinaat the time.
Outside the human body, Jansson adds, microbes "carry out such important processes as cycling carbon and other nutrients, promoting plant growth, and preventing disease." The problem becomes more challenging as scientists dig down into microbial genetics
. According to Jeffrey Miller, director of the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, scientists know only about half of microorganisms' genes and less than 2 percent of the chemicals the organisms produce.
"Humans are just an incidental host, but a very important one," explains Dave Wagner, an associate professor in the Center for Microbial Genetics
and Genomics at Northern Arizona University, who formed part of an international team of researchers that conducted the new plague study.