BIO 208 Chapter 1 Reading Assignment

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Reading Assignment Chapter 1 - A Brief History of Microbiology This chapter serves as an introduction to the course. It discuss the importance of microbes in our lives, some major historical advances in the field of microbiology, and introduces the reader to the microbial classification system. As you read this chapter, don't just focus on memorizing the bare facts. Instead, focus on understanding the significance of an event in terms of modern health care practices. Ask yourself - Why is this information important? How does it contribute to my understanding of the microbial world? Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye. This
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Unformatted text preview: course will primarily focus on microorganisms as they relate to the quality of human life. The primary emphasis will be on the study of disease - we will answer questions like - What causes the disease? How do the bacteria (or other causative agents) grow and develop? What do they need to grow? What limits their growth? What drugs are they sensitive to? How can we prevent the spread of disease? How does a disease develop? How does the human body react to the presence of pathogens? It is important to also recognize that not all microorganisms are detrimental to our well being. Some bacteria are so important that if they were eradicated, life on Earth would cease to exist....
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