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Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Sebastian Amyes

June 2022

ISBN: 9780192895240

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

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This Very Short Introduction explores the nature of bacteria, their origin, evolution, and relationship to the environment to demonstrate the fundamental role they play in our existence. This new edition examines the symbiotic relationship between the human body and bacteria, including their role in disease, wellness, and evolutionary development.

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This Very Short Introduction explores the nature of bacteria, their origin, evolution, and relationship to the environment to demonstrate the fundamental role they play in our existence. This new edition examines the symbiotic relationship between the human body and bacteria, including their role in disease, wellness, and evolutionary development.

  • Considers the important role of bacteria in the environment and its role in human civilisation
  • Explores the origins and evolution of bacteria over time
  • Looks at various types of bacteria and disease, and our efforts to manage bacteria
  • Examines the symbiotic relationship between bacteria and humans
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on 'Microbiota and Microbiome in Man' examines the symbiotic relationship between bacteria and humans
  • Outlines the role of rapid bacterial diagnosis in controlling antibiotic resistance

About the Author(s)

Sebastian Amyes, Professor Emeritus of Microbial Chemotherapy, Edinburgh University

Sebastian Amyes is Professor Emeritus of Microbial Chemotherapy at Edinburgh University, and author of many research publications as well as the books Antibacterial Chemotherapy (2010), and Magic Bullets: Lost Horizons (2001).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:Origins
    2:Evolution
    3:Microbiota and microbiome in man
    4:Discovery
    5:Environment and civilization
    6:Bacterial pathogenesis
    7:Antibiotics
    8:Antibiotic resistance
    9:The future
    Further reading
    Index

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