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Book: Microbiology (Kaiser)

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    400
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    Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, which are defined as any microscopic organism that comprises either a single cell (unicellular), cell clusters or no cell at all (acellular). This includes eukaryotes, such as fungi and protists, and prokaryotes. Viruses and prions, though not strictly classed as living organisms, are also studied.

    Thumbnail: Campylobacter bacteria are the number-one cause of bacterial food-related gastrointestinal illness in the United States. Image used with permission (Public Domain; De Wood, Pooley from Agricultural Research Service).

    Contributors

    • Dr. Gary Kaiser (COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BALTIMORE COUNTY, CATONSVILLE CAMPUS)