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Many faces, many microbes : personal reflections in microbiology
Atlas, Ronald M., 1946-
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Washington, D.C. : ASM Press, [2000]

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xvi, 328 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Demystifying science by revealing the human faces of leading scientists.* Continues the story of the beginnings of microbiology as told by Paul de Kruif in his 1926 book Microbe Hunters. * Features diverse, down-to-earth personal essays from contemporary microbiologists highlights how and why each became a microbiologist and illustrates the fascinating breadth of the field.

Author Notes

Julius Adler: Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison.
Ronald M. Atlas: Department of Biology, University of Louisville, KY.
Albert Balows: Department of Biology, Georgia State University Alpharetta
Ellen Jo Baron: Clinical Microbiology/Virology Laboratory, Stanford University Hospital, CA.
Joan Wennstrom Bennett: Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
Kenneth Berns: Dean, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville.
Jean Brenchley: Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, University Park.
Raul Cano: Department of Biological Sciences, California Polytech State University, San Luis Obispo.
A. M. Chakrabarty: Department of Microbiology, University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago.
Rita R. Colwell: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Julian Davies: Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Erik D. A. De Clercq: Rega Institute, Leuven, Belgium.
Brendlyn D. Faison: Department of Biological Sciences, Hampton University, VA.
Stanley Falkow: Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA.
Claire M. Fraser: The Institute for Genomic Research, Rockville, MD.
Herman Friedman: Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa.
Susan Gottesman: Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD.
David A. Hopwood: John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park Colney, Norfolk, England.
Jennie Hunter-Cevera: Office of the President, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, College Park, MD.
John Lyman Ingraham: Department of Bacteriology, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Fair Oaks, CA.
Holger W. Jannasch: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA [deceased].
Samuel Kaplan: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Texas-Houston Medical School.
John Lennox: Department of Microbiology, Pennsylvania State University-Altoona.
Jay A. Levy: Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.
Stuart B. Levy: Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.
Josephine A. Morello: Department of Pathology, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, IL.
Carol Nacy: Sequella, Inc. Rockville, MD.
Cynthia A. Needham: ICAN Productions, Stowe, VT.
Eugene W. Nester: Department of Microbiology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.
C. J. Peters: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.
Frederic K. Pfaender: Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health, NC.
Michael A. Pfaller: Medical Microbiology Division, Department of Pathology, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City.
Moselio Schaechter: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, CA.
David Schlessinger: Laboratory of Genetics, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, MD.
Cathy Squires: Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.
Erko Stackebrandt: DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany.
Fred C. Tenover: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hospital Infection Program, Atlanta, GA.
Lucy S. Tompkins: Departments of Medicine and Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, Stanford University Medical Center, CA.
Amy Cheng Vollmer: Department of Biology, Swarthmore College, PA.
Luther Williams: Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer, Tulane University, Arlington, VA.
Carl R. Woese: Department of Microbiology, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Urbana
Ralph Wolfe: Department of Microbiology, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Urbana

Table of Contents

Stanley FalkowCynthia A. NeedhamCarl R. WoeseBrendlyn D. FaisonFred C. TenoverCarol NacyJoan Wennstrom BennettJohn Lyman IngrahamJulian DaviesHolger W. JannaschLucy S. TompkinsMichael A. PfallerAlbert BalowsJosephine A. MorelloEllen Jo BaronHerman FriedmanStuart B. LevyJay A. LevyC. J. PetersKenneth BernsErik D. A. De ClercqDavid SchlessingerSusan GottesmanClaire M. FraserEugene W. NesterSamuel KaplanMoselio SchaechterJean BrenchleyJennie Hunter-CeveraA. M. ChakrabartyDavid A. HopwoodJulius AdlerCathy SquiresRalph WolfeRita R. ColwellErko StackebrandtRaul CanoAmy Cheng VollmerJohn LennoxLuther WilliamsFrederic K. PfaenderRonald M. Atlas
Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xv
From the Book of Inspirationp. 1
Toward Understanding the Molecular Basis of Bacterial Pathogenicityp. 3
Wednesdaysp. 11
Vision on a Questp. 15
Discovering the Real Microbial Worldp. 17
Searching for the Meaning of "Life"p. 26
Converting to Sciencep. 35
Heroes, Saints, and Microbesp. 37
Succumbing to the Mysteries of Microbiology and Immunologyp. 43
Feminism, Fungi, and Fungal Geneticsp. 51
Chemical Metamorphosisp. 59
Morphing Chemistry into Microbial Physiologyp. 61
From Party-Going Chemist to Worldly Microbiologistp. 66
Adventures Discovering Microbes Changing the Planetp. 71
In Search of a Causep. 77
The Circuitous Path to Becoming a Physician-Scientistp. 80
Discovering What You Do and Don't Wantp. 88
Did I Choose Clinical Microbiology or Did It Choose Me?p. 94
Evolution of a Clinical Microbiologistp. 101
Maturing into a Diagnostic Microbiologist for Todayp. 107
Combating Microbesp. 117
Immune Legions Battling Infectionp. 120
Pursuing Drug-Resistant Bacteriap. 127
Uncloaking Hidden Virusesp. 138
Experiences of a Virus Hunterp. 146
The Path of Biomedical Researchp. 158
A Crusade for Drugs to Conquer Virusesp. 164
Molecolar Revelationsp. 171
Pioneering Molecular Biologyp. 174
Solving Genetic Puzzlesp. 179
An Accidental Microbiologistp. 186
Gene Transfer out of the Microbial Worldp. 196
Listening to What the "Bug" Tells Youp. 205
Why I Am Amazed by Simple Thingsp. 212
The Biotechnological Revolutionp. 217
Putting Microorganisms to Workp. 219
Following Diverse Vistasp. 226
Moving Ahead with Pseudomonad Genesp. 235
A Love Affair with Streptomyces Geneticsp. 243
Out of Natorep. 251
All Because of a Butterflyp. 253
It Came from Chicken Waterp. 258
Captivating Methanogensp. 263
The Siren Call of the Seap. 269
Systematic Challengesp. 275
Passing the Torchp. 283
Moments in the Sunp. 285
In Love with My Jobp. 293
To Be a Teacherp. 299
Mentoring the New Generation of Scientistsp. 305
Environment and Educationp. 313
Always Teaching, Always Learningp. 321