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Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction

Sebastian G.B. Amyes

May 2013

ISBN: 9780199578764

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

In this Very Short Introduction, Sebastian Amyes explores the nature of bacteria. As a fundamental branch of life, they inhabit every part of the Earth's surface. Amyes examines their origin and evolution, bacteria in the environment, and bacteria and disease, to demonstrate the fundamental role they play in our existence.

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In this Very Short Introduction, Sebastian Amyes explores the nature of bacteria. As a fundamental branch of life, they inhabit every part of the Earth's surface. Amyes examines their origin and evolution, bacteria in the environment, and bacteria and disease, to demonstrate the fundamental role they play in our existence.

  • 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
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series

About the Author(s)

Sebastian G.B. Amyes, Professor of Microbial Chemotherapy, University of Edinburgh

Sebastian Amyes is Professor of Microbial Chemotherapy at Edinburgh University, and author of many research publications as well as the books Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Magic Bullets: Lost Horizons.

Table of Contents

    1:Origins of bacteria
    2:Evolution of bacteria
    3:Discovery of bacteria
    4:Bacteria in the environment
    5:Bacterial pathogenesis
    6:Antibiotics
    7:Antibiotic resistance
    8:The future for bacteria
    References
    Further reading

Reviews

"Despite its title, 1Bacteria is neither 'very short', nor is its level merely 'introductory' it's appropriate for teachers as well as students. Succinct and full of detail, there's something for everyone to learn." - Susan Alexander, The Biologist

"Succinct and full of detail, there's something for everyone to learn." - The Biologist

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