ASM’s Journal of Bacteriology Introduces New Collection of eBook Minireviews

Feb. 23, 2017

Washington, DC – February 23, 2017 – Three new eBook collections of minireviews are now available from the Journal of Bacteriology. These minireviews provide insight into recent advances in research on the bacterial cell, pathogenesis, and bacterial chromosomes and regulation of gene expression. The new minireview collections are available as free, downloadable PDFs.

“These collections contain a wealth of information and illustrations that should be useful for teaching and background information,” said William Margolin, Editor, Journal of Bacteriology.

The collection of minireviews on The Bacterial Cell covers the significant advances in imaging of intact bacterial cells, which have occurred over the last few decades and ushered in the new subdiscipline of bacterial cell biology. Fascinating new discoveries about simple cells involving the bacterial cell envelope, spores, cytoskeletal proteins, and new imaging technologies are covered in the cell biology minireview.

Research from the last few years that surveys the latest discoveries from the broad and diverse field of bacterial pathogenesis and host interactions are compiled in the Pathogenesis and Interaction with the Host collection. The topics in this collection range from chemotaxis, iron acquisition, and group motility to interactions and signaling within human and insect microbiomes.

“We think that these compilations, as well as forthcoming compilations centered on the bacterial cell and on bacterial pathogenesis and interactions with the host, will make it easier to find useful information about relevant topics,” said Margolin.

The minireview on Bacterial Chromosomes and Regulation of Gene Expression covers diverse topics that range from transcription regulation in archaea to nonstop translation; from DNA uptake and CRISPR systems to chromosome structure and dynamics. “Despite years of study, there are still many surprises in store for how bacteria and archaea manage their DNA and regulate gene expression,” said Margolin, “Journal of Bacteriology’s series of minireviews provides insight into recent advances.”


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