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Microbes and Man - John Postgate

Paperback Published: 10th April 2000
ISBN: 9780521665797
Number Of Pages: 385

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Microbes are everywhere. Normally invisible, they are abundant in the air we breathe, in soil, in water, on our skin and hair, in our mouths and intestines, and on and in the food we eat. They make the soil fertile; they clean up the environment; they change, often improve, our food; some protect us from less desirable microbes. Yet most people are scarcely aware that they exist--except when they become ill. Microbes, as "germs", are widely regarded as nasty--unpopular because a few can cause disease and a few can spoil food. Yet collectively microbes present a fascinating world of miniscule creatures, who together encompass all the processes of which terrestrial life is capable: creatures who have profound effects on our lives and surroundings. Extensively updated to include such topics as CJD, genetic manipulation, and gene therapy, this edition describes the extraordinary impact that the microbial community has on our everyday lives in an accessible and easy to read style.

'Microbes and Man is certainly a classic of English literature as well as microbiology. Buy it or give it as a present.' Meriel Jones, Microbiology Today '... well written throughout with a clear lucid style ... I think this book deserves a place on most bookshelves. All undergraduates would benefit from an understanding of how micro-organisms are critical to man in modern society ... the book is a pleasure to dip in to when you have a few spare minutes.' SFAM News From a previous edition '... a beautifully written introduction to microbiology ... Throughout the last decade this book has been one of my favourites. It is a classic, and such splendid material for sixthformers. The non-scientists understand it; the scientists get ideas from it. If there isn't a copy in your school library, don't let another day pass without getting one.' The Biologist From a previous edition 'In a word this book is a classic.' New Scientist From a previous edition '... an excellent read for the uninitiated and professional alike.' SGM Quarterly 'This book is highly enjoyable, as it is readable, thought-provoking and at times quietly amusing.' Educational Media

Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Man and microbesp. 1
Microbiologyp. 17
Microbes in societyp. 54
Interlude: how to handle microbesp. 113
Microbes in nutritionp. 133
Microbes in productionp. 171
Deterioration, decay and pollutionp. 243
Disposal and cleaning-upp. 270
Second interlude: microbiologists and manp. 291
Microbes in evolutionp. 308
Microbes in the futurep. 335
Further readingp. 358
Glossaryp. 360
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780521665797
ISBN-10: 0521665795
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 385
Published: 10th April 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised