Foundations in Microbiology

© 2012
by Kathleen Park Talaro, Barry Chess

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Talaro/Chess: Foundations in Microbiology is an allied health microbiology text for non-science majors with a taxonomic approach to the disease chapters. It offers an engaging and accessible writing style through the use of tools such as case studies and analogies to thoroughly explain difficult microbiology concepts.

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1. The Main Themes of Microbiology

2. The Chemistry of Biology

3. Tools of the Laboratory: Methods of Studying Microorganisms

4. A Survey of Prokaryotic Cells and Microorganisms

5. A Survey of Eukaryotic Cells and Microorganisms

6. An Introduction to Viruses

7. Microbial Nutrition, Ecology, and Growth

8. An Introduction to Microbial Metabolism: The Chemical Crossroads of Life

9. Microbial Genetics

10. Genetic Engineering: A Revolution in Molecular Biology

11. Physical and Chemical Agents for Microbial Control

12. Drugs, Microbes, Host--The Elements of Chemotherapy

13. Microbe-Human Interactions: Infection and Disease

14. An Introduction to Host Defenses and Innate Immunities

15. Adaptive, Specific Immunity and Immunization

16. Disorders in Immunity

17. Procedures for Identifying Pathogens and Diagnosing Infections

18. The Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Cocci of Medical Importance

19. The Gram-Positive Bacilli of Medical Importance

20. The Gram-Negative Bacilli of Medical Importance

21. Miscellaneous Bacterial Agents of Disease

22. The Fungi of Medical Importance

23. The Parasites of Medical Importance

24. Introduction to Viruses That Infect Humans: The DNA Viruses

25. The RNA Viruses That Infect Humans

26. Environmental Microbiology

27. Applied and Industrial Microbiology

New to this EditionEvery major section within each chapter now opens with Expected Learning Outcomes and closes with assessment questions (Check & Assess). Learning Outcomes are tightly correlated to digital course material. Instructors will be able to successfully measure student learning as it relates specifically to the learning outcomes. Assign Check and Assess questions to students as an eBook Quiz with ConnectPlus.
These Continuing the Case boxes are placed in the chapter next to relevant content and will help students follow the real-world applications of the chapter-opening Case File, while understanding how microbiology impacts our lives on a daily basis. The Case File Perspective, or wrap-up, appears later at the end of the chapter, after the necessary elements have been presented. Nearly all Case Files in the eighth edition are new, including hot microbiological topics that are making the news today.
The eighth edition is unveiling a new feature in the disease chapters called Pathogen Profiles, which are abbreviated snapshots of the major pathogens in each chapter. Each Profile includes a micrograph, a description of the microscopic morphology, identification descriptions, habitat information, virulence factors, primary infections/disease, and control and treatment. ConnectPlus Microbiology for Talaro 8e allows instructors and students to use art and animations from the text for assignments and lectures. Instructors now have access to a variety of new resources including assignable and gradable case study activities, concept mapping tools, LearnSmart, animation learning modules and more. The media rich eBook allows students to do full text searches, add notes and highlights, and access their instructor's shared notes and highlights.
NEW Tutorials: Animation Learning Modules are assignable in Connect covering key topics from the text. A special icon in the text indicates which topics have a corresponding Animation Learning Module.
Follow new co-author Barry Chess on Twitter! @MercurialMicroTo purchase an eBook version of this title, visit (0077342771). With the CourseSmart eTextbook version of this title, students can save money, reduce their impact on the environment, and access powerful web tools for learning. Faculty can also review and compare the full text online without having to wait for a print desk copy.

Retained FeaturesUnique among microbiology textbooks, Chapter 17 brings together in one place the methods used to diagnose infectious diseases. It starts with collecting samples from the patient, and details the biochemical, serological and molecular methods used to identify causative microbes. Over 100 animations on key microbiological processes are available to instructors and students. Instructors can assign Animation quizzes in Connect where students can receive automatic feedback on correct/incorrect answers.
Process Figures are clearly defined and include colored steps that correlate the art to step-by-step explanations. Nearly every Process Figure has a correlating animation to it, which can be found on Talaro’s Connect website.

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