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The Pneumococcus

Editors: Elaine I Tuomanen1, Timothy J. Mitchell2, Donald Morrison3, Brian G. Spratt4
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Affiliations: 1: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee; 2: University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom; 3: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; 4: Imperial College, Longon, United Kingdom
Content Type: Monograph
Format: Hardcover, Electronic
Publication Year: 2004

Category: Bacterial Pathogenesis; Clinical Microbiology

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is a state-of-the-art examination of recent research in this field and the impact of this gram-positive pathogen on human disease. Long known as a severe, invasive pathogen, the threat level of the pneumococcus is on the rise due to high-level antibiotic resistance. In addition, this volume comprehensively covers the wealth of available information on this highly transformable pathogen, precipitated by the publication of pneumococcal genome sequences.

Written by the foremost experts in the field including a foreword by Robert Austrian, the book integrates pneumococcal physiology, pathogenesis, and host-pathogen interactions. provides coverage of topics in basic microbiology such as details of DNA transformation, molecular and medical epidemiology, the molecular basis of invasive disease, and various interactions with host defenses.

presents important historical information on the field of pneumococcal research and suggests strategies for future investigation. With broad readability, this book is a valuable source of current information for graduate and medical school students, infectious disease specialists, and field researchers in the pathogenesis of gram-positive bacteria.

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