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Molecular Microbiology Laboratory

A Writing-Intensive Course

Molecular Microbiology Laboratory
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Molecular Microbiology Laboratory, second edition, is designed to teach essential principles and techniques of molecular biology and microbial ecology to upper-level undergraduates majoring in the life sciences and to develop students' scientific writing skills. A detailed lab preparation manual for instructors and teaching assistants accompanies the lab book and contains a general discussion of scientific writing and critical reading as well as detailed instructions for preparation and peer review of lab reports. Each experimental unit is accompanied by a number of additional writing exercises based upon primary journal articles.



  • Exposes students to the new molecular-based techniques
  • Provides¬†faculty with an authoritative, accessible resource for teaching protocols
  • The¬†only manual to incorporate writing exercises, presentation skills and tools for reading primary literature into the curriculum
  • Based on a successful course for which the author won a teaching award
New to this Edition:
- Presents a real-world study of bacterial populations in the environment in the final experiment
- Provides an overview of molecular biology in a new review chapter
- Demonstrates how to design an experiment and how to interpret the results
- Covers grant proposal writing and how panels review proposals
- Presents guidance on public speaking and preparing PowerPoint presentations
- Includes tutorials on three widely used software packages
Elsevier Science; December 2012
321 pages; ISBN 9780123977526
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