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University of Waterloo
BIOL 240
Josh Neufeld

Fundamentals of Microbiology Biology 140 Course notes Dr Josh D Neufeld Topic 1 Microbiology in context Welcome to Biology 140 In this course you will be introduced to the world of microorganisms learn how these organisms are studied and become aware of the position role and importance of microorganisms in the world Microbiology is a science that is not much more than a century old It is thus a young vigorous and modern science Microbiology has had profound influence on almost every sector of human interest health agriculture food and environment It has given rise to molecular biology and biotechnology Even if you do not plan to specialize in microbiology it is important to develop an understanding of microbiology and the microbial impact on our livesWhile one of the most important drivers for the development of the science of microbiology was the recognition that many diseases are caused by microorganisms in reality only a very small fraction of microorganisms cause disease In fact for most of the time that microorganisms have existed on earth there were no multicellular organisms available to infect The physiological activities of microorganisms resulted in the formation of a biosphere that allowed some of them to evolve into multicellular organisms Even today
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