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The collaborative efforts of author team Kathleen Park Talaro and Barry Chess proves to be a success in Foundations in Microbiology, ISBN 9780073375298. This engaging text is designed with the non-science major student in mind and boasts a myriad of useful features. Easy readability coupled with resourceful tools like the integration of case studies and...
The collaborative efforts of author team Kathleen Park Talaro and Barry Chess proves to be a success in Foundations in Microbiology, ISBN 9780073375298. This engaging text is designed with the non-science major student in mind and boasts a myriad of useful features. Easy readability coupled with resourceful tools like the integration of case studies and analogies make for a thorough yet comprehendible presentation of some of the most difficult concepts surrounding microbiology. Application exercises focus on a hands-on approach while students also have the adaptability to control their own learning pace. All the while the instructor enjoys an easy management system for assessments including detailed reports which examine how assignments measure the differing objectives from the book as well as levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Kathleen Park Talaro and Barry Chess strategically organize the concepts within Foundations in Microbiology across 27 comprehensive chapters. A myriad of topics are covered in this text with chapters devoted to the main themes of microbiology, the chemistry of biology, laboratory tools, as well as surveys of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and microorganisms. Chapters also delve into the concepts of viruses, microbial nutrition, ecology and growth, microbial metabolism and genetics, genetic engineering, and physical and chemical agents for microbial control. Other chapters lend themselves to such topics as the elements of chemotherapy, nonspecific host defenses, disorders in immunity, diagnosing infections, as well as the cocci of medical importance. The last section of the book devotes itself to chapters investigating gram-positive and gram-negative bacilli of medical importance, miscellaneous bacterial agents of disease, fungi and parasites of medical importance, and finally, applied microbiology.
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