Fundamentals of Bacterial and Viral Genetics

  • Edward A. Birge


Before beginning the formal study of the genetics of bacteria and their viruses, it is important to have a clear understanding of the fundamentals of microbial cell structure and of basic viral processes. This chapter briefly reviews cell anatomy as well as genetic terminology and processes with respect to bacteria, yeast, and viruses. More detailed coverage of major genetic processes is provided in later chapters. However, these summaries are essential for understanding some of the experiments presented in the next few chapters.


Protoplast Fusion Phage Particle Prokaryotic Cell Genome Equivalent Haploid Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward A. Birge
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  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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