Welcome To The World Of Microbial Genetics!

Morphology, metabolism, antibiotic resistance, and virtually all other microbial characteristics are determined by inherited information. This information is stored in macromolecules called nucleic acids that are passed on from generation to generation. In this module you will explore the microbial genome in detail by examining how it directs protein synthesis, how it is affected by mutation, and how it is transferred from one microbe to another. You will also explore mechanisms of genome regulation and take a very special look at viral genetics.
The following chapters are available for your viewing pleasure:
Preface: Module Information
Start here! The module syllabus and information on module navigation.
Chapter 1: The Basics
The basic principles of microbial DNA, replication, transcription and translation.
Chapter 2: Gene Regulation
Microbial regulation of gene expression: the trp and lac operon.
Chapter 3: Mutation
Changes to the genome: how they happen and their effect.
Chapter 4: Gene Transfer
Genetic change: transformation, transduction, conjugation, plasmids, transposons.
Chapter 5: Viral Genetics
Reproductive cycles of bacteriophage T4 and lambda.

Created By Alanna MacGregor
Copywright© August 1996
For Information Contact:
Colin R. Bell Ph.D
Microbial Ecology Lab
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Canada B0P 1X0
Tel: (902) 542-2201
Fax: (902)542-3466
E-mail: colin.bell@ace.acadiau.ca
Chair: International Symposium on Microbial Ecology
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Aug. 9-14, 1998