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Introduction

Metagenomics

Microbiomes

Synthetic biology


Recommended references: Web sites

Recommended references: Magazine/journal articles

Recommended references: Books

Introduction



Recommended references: Web sites

Site indexes

Microbeworld Related Web Sites
Informational/educational Web sites dealing with all types of microbes covered by Microbeworld.

Sites with general resources

micro*scope
"A communal web site that promotes information on the biodiversity of microbes." Describes and provides images of microbes, arranged in taxonomic classification.
American Society for Microbiology
Professional society for researchers and educators dealing with all aspects of microbiology. Services include Microbe Magazine, weekly news digest, Microbeworld educational web site, MicrobeLibrary.org library of peer-reviewed resouces for undergraduate teaching, and a daily podcast.
Microbeworld
Educational site about archaea, bacteria, fungi, protista, virusrs, and microbial mergers (symbionts), sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology. Includes resources for educators and students, news, and external links.
Microbe Magazine
Monthly educational and news magazine published monthly in both print and online form. Very good articles. The online version is open access.
The quorum sensing site
"This site aims to be a "one stop shop" for quorum sensing research. It includes an overview of the field, links to researchers worldwide and descriptions of research carried out at Nottingham." It deals with communication among bacteria.

Surveys, overviews, tutorials

Microbiology
Article from Wikipedia.
Virus
Article from Wikipedia.
Bacterium
Article from Wikipedia.
Nanobacterium
Article from Wikipedia.
The discovery of endogenous retroviruses
Professional review article published in Retrovirology about the discovery of retroviruses in the 1960s.
Medical Microbiology
Complete online textbook, edited by Samuel Baron. Index. Part of the NCBI Bookshelf.
Retroviruses
Complete online textbook, by John M. Coffin, Stephen H. Hughes, and Harold E. Varmus. Index. Part of the NCBI Bookshelf.
Scientists Learning to Target Bacteria Where They Live
March 2009 Washington Post article about biofilms and how understanding their properties may lead to better therapies for bacterial infection.
Where did viruses come from?
March 2008 Scientific American "Ask the Experts" article. Answer provided by a virologist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Lean Gene Machine
December 2005 Scientific American Web Feature, about the bacterium Pelagibacter ubique, which has only 1354 genes in its genome, among the least of any free living organism.
Talking Bacteria
February 2004 Scientific American Insights article, subtitled "Microbes seem to talk, listen and collaborate with one another."
A Pathogen's Wily Ways
November 2000 Scientific American news article, about the mechanism of listeria bacteria for establishing infection.
Microbes put ancient carbon on the menu
March 2001 news article from Science News, about microbes that subsist on kerogen in rock.


Recommended references: Magazine/journal articles

RNA Arms Race
Mohamed-Ali Hakimi; Robert Ménard
The Scientist, August 2010
Do parasites use their own microRNAs to hijack host cell pathways?
The Big Picture in Microbial Genomics
The Scientist, July 2006
A revolution aids the study of unculturable microorganisms.
In the Business of Synthetic Life
Sam Jaffe
Scientific American, April 2005
Are Viruses Alive?
Luis P. Villarreal
Scientific American, December 2004
Synthetic Life
W. Wayt Gibbs
Scientific American, May 2004
One-Celled Socialites
Bruce Bower
Science News, November 20, 2004
Bacteria mix and mingle with microscopic fervor.
Attack of the Rock-Eating Microbes!
Sid Perkins
Science News, November 15, 2003
Some bacteria break down minerals, while others make them.
Battling Biofilms
J.W. Costerton; Philip S. Stewart
Scientific American, July 2001
Why and How Bacteria Communicate
Losick, Kaiser
Scientific American, February 1997


Recommended references: Books


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