Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | June 6, 2013

bySebastian G.B. Amyes

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Bacteria form a fundamental branch of life. They are the oldest forms of life as we know it, and they are still the most prolific living organisms. They inhabit every part of the Earth's surface, its ocean depths, and even terrains such as boiling hot springs. They are most familiar as agentsof disease, but benign bacteria are critical to the recycling of elements and all ecology, as well as to human health.In this Very Short Introduction, Sebastian Amyes explores the nature of bacteria, their origin and evolution, bacteria in the environment, and bacteria and disease. In looking at our efforts to manage co-evolving bacteria, he also considers the challenges of resistance to antibiotics.

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Bacteria form a fundamental branch of life. They are the oldest forms of life as we know it, and they are still the most prolific living organisms. They inhabit every part of the Earth's surface, its ocean depths, and even terrains such as boiling hot springs. They are most familiar as agentsof disease, but benign bacteria are critical...

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.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:June 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199578761

ISBN - 13:9780199578764

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Table of Contents

1. Origins of bacteria2. Evolution of bacteria3. Discovery of bacteria4. Bacteria in the environment5. Bacterial pathogenesis6. Antibiotics7. Antibiotic resistance8. The future for bacteriaReferencesFurther reading