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July 2, 1955

Perspectives and Horizons in Microbiology: A Symposium

JAMA. 1955;158(9):799. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960090093032

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This book presents a series of lectures given on occasion of the dedication of the new Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University. The lectures deal with the modern phases of microbiology and are given by leading international authorities in the field. As Waksman emphasizes in his preface, they show the great stride microbiology has made and the mutual fertilization with other biological sciences. Deliberately the practical applications of microbiology have been played low in favor of its academic aspects. The first series of lectures deals with the microbe as a living system, emphasizing genetic as well as nutritional aspects. The second, the largest, part concerns the metabolism of microorganisms with all its varied ramifications. The third part lists various aspects of "microorganisms and higher forms of life" including problems of immunology, virus reproduction, and antibiotics. At the end of the booklet dedicational addresses are presented. Some of the lectures are

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