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Published: 22 February 2007

272 Pages | 50 halftones, line drawings


ISBN: 9780195150667

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Streptomyces in Nature and Medicine

The Antibiotic Makers

David A. Hopwood

  • The writer was one of the discoverers of gene exchange in Streptomyces and has been at the cutting edge of research into their genetics for four decades, including its application to the genetic engineering of new antibiotics, which he pioneered
  • Numerous previously unpublished events in the development of this field of microbiology are described
  • The author explains to a non-specialist audience the wonders of micro engineering that allow these bacteria to flourish in the soil. Many of the topics, although illustrated by details of Streptomyces, are relevant to microbes as a whole
  • The author puts the special features of the streptomycetes into the historical context of antibiotic discovery and the rise of antibiotic resistance in the second half of the 20th century

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