Bacteria (Paperback)

The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful

By Trudy M. Wassenaar

Wiley-Blackwell, 9781118107669, 215pp.

Publication Date: November 12, 2012

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A comprehensive, reader-friendly introduction to the world ofbacteria

When most people hear the word "bacteria" they think of foodpoisoning; infections; and acute, debilitating, or fatal diseases.Yet, while E. coli, strep, and other bacterial pathogenscertainly cause their share of misery in the world, they are only atiny portion of a vast universe of microorganisms--the mostbasic of life forms. Without them, nothing else could live or growon Planet Earth. Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and theBeautiful introduces you to this diverse, microscopic world andexplains the fundamental microbiological concepts you need toexplore the life and behavior of bacteria. Even if you have noprevious background in the subject, the book's clear, jargon-freelanguage tells you what you need to know about:

  • The origins and evolution of bacteria

  • Some of the fundamental ways in which bacteria have shaped theworld

  • Bacteria commonly found in the healthy human body

  • Antibiotics and the growing problem of resistance

  • Marine microbiology, bacterial toxins, and enzymes

  • Bacterial genetics and genomics

  • Bacteria that survive in extreme environments, such as boilingwater

  • And much more

This comprehensive guide features custom-drawn, black-and-whiteillustrations by artist Karoly Farkas, and it illuminates itspoints through real-world examples and engaging stories. Discrete, topic-by-topic structure, text-box summaries of background science, and a helpful glossary make for quick and easy reference. Whetheryou are a science professional in need of information on bacteriaoutside of your specialty, a student in search of a solidintroduction, or a curious reader looking for fascinating andreliable information, Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and theBeautiful is the resource you need.

About the Author

Dr. Trudy Wassenaar, PhD, is director of Molecular Microbiology and Genomics Consultants, and author and curator of the popular Virtual Museum of Bacteria ( She is also an Associate Professor of comparative bacterial genomics at the Centre of Biological Sequences at the Danish Technical University in Lyngby, Denmark, and the author of numerous contributed book chapters as well as nearly 80 publications in peer-review journals, including Applied Environmental Microbiology, the Journal of Medical Microbiology and Infection and Immunity.