For Further Reading


Howard and Margery Facklam, Bacteria. New York: Twenty-first Century, 1994. A fascinating and easy-to-read description of bacteria, their place in the world, and their effect on our lives.

——, Viruses. New York: Twenty-first Century, 1994. A concise introduction to the world of viruses and the scientists who discovered them.

Mark Friedlander, Outbreak: Disease Detectives at Work. Minneapolis: Lerner, 2000. Recounts the work performed by epidemiologists from the Centers for Disease Control during infectious disease outbreaks.

James Cross Giblin, When Plague Strikes: The Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS. New York: HarperCollins, 1995. Fascinating accounts of three major diseases and how they changed the world.

Cynthia S. Gross, The New Biotechnology: Putting Microbes to Work. Minneapolis: Lerner, 1988. A good introduction to genetic engineering and the use of bacteria in industry.

Lisa Yount, Epidemics. San Diego: Lucent, 2000. Discusses the return of epidemics in modern times, the possible causes, and how they are tracked and controlled.

Web Sites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( Contains up-to-date information on emerging diseases and the CDC's responses to them.

Digital Learning Center for Microbial Ecology (http://commtech Very kid friendly; includes the Microbial Zoo, Microbe of the Month, and Microbes in the News.

The Jenner Museum ( Provides an introduction to Edward Jenner, his life, and his work eradicating smallpox.

Microbe World ( Run by the American Society for Microbiology; includes fun experiments as well as information about careers in microbiology.

Microbial Genomics Gateway ( Gives background information about microbes, their importance in the world, and the Microbial Genome Project.

World Health Organization ( Provides current information on a variety of health issues that threaten people around the world.

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