Molecular Genetics of Bacteria

Molecular Genetics of Bacteria
4th Ed.
2013 © ASM Press
Larry Snyder; Joseph E. Peters; Tina M. Henkin; Wendy Champness
ISBN-13: 978-1-55581-627-8
eISBN-13: 978-1-55581-716-9
Microbiology, Basic Sciences, Genetics


The classic comprehensive and authoritative textbook on bacterial molecular genetics.

Molecular Genetics of Bacteria covers in significant detail bacterial DNA structure and replication, protein synthesis, bacterial genetic fundamentals (e.g. plasmids, conjugation, transformation, etc.), bacteriophages, DNA repair, and much more. The text is clear and concise, and the numerous diagrams, simple and effective. Chapters are devoted to specific topics and the techniques used to study them, with concise summaries at their end. Thought-provoking questions and problems with answers are provided as well. Suggested reading lists and reference lists are thorough and complete.

Key Features:

  • • Features completely revised and updated material and retains same chapter order, incorporating the most recent advances in the field since publication of the third edition in 2007.
  • • Provides thought questions, problems, and suggested reading lists for each chapter that test student comprehension and encourage further research.
  • • Provides descriptive background information, examples of genetic analyses, and advanced material relevant to current applications of molecular genetics.
  • • While intended as an undergraduate textbook, it also serves as an invaluable text for anyone working in the fields of microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, bioengineering, medicine, molecular biology, and biotechnology.
  • • Also an essential reading for scientists in all fields of biology, many of whom depend upon the concepts and techniques covered in this book.

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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This book both educates with a historical perspective and brings students up to date in the rapidly advancing field of modern bacterial molecular genetics."

-- Harris Goodman, MD (Saint Francis Memorial Hospital) - Doody's Review

"This fourth edition has been substantially revised with some new sections; for example, phage genomics and cluster of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR). It is well-written extensive textbook of the genetics of bacteria and viruses as this field developed from the 1960s through the 1980s. There is no discussion of whole genome sequencing and evolutionary genetics as they affect our understanding of genetic exchange, sequence variability, or population structure."

-- Quarterly Review of Biology - 24 February 2014

"This is the 4th edition of a highly successful, fairly advanced text on bacterial genetics. It does not disappoint. Tina Henkin and Joseph Peters have joined forces with Larry Snyder and Wendy Champness to produce a highly relevant, up-to-date, accurate, readable and comprehensive text. No other text on the genetics of bacteria has the experimental background to knowledge that this book provides. New material such as the section on bacterial cell biology and the cell cycle, phage genomics, phage defense and an expansion of the chapter on homologous recombination is all to be applauded..."

-- Margaret Smith, University of York - Microbiology Today - May 2013


The audience includes advanced undergraduate and graduate students in biology, microbiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, and biotechnology. The four authors are all professors of microbiology, and have taught in the field of microbial genetics for many years.

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