This comprehensive introduction to microbiology, with many applications to everyday life, is enriched by short essays and reports from the Centers for Disease Control. It offers more extensive coverage of molecular biology than most texts, enabling students to better understand microbiological principles and applications. Provides pronunciation of scientific terms, and key point'' appear throughout the text to focus attention on important concepts. Coverage includes macromolecules, DNA synthesis, protein synthesis, regulation, and microbial genetics. Chapter outlines begin each chapter so the reader can see at a glance the organization of the material. Summary outlines at the end of each chapter aid review. Contains questions and topics for discussion.