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After reading this chapter you should be able to:
  • define the science of microbiology and describe some of the general methods used in the study of microorganisms
  • discuss the historical concept of spontaneous generation and the experiments that were performed to disprove this erroneous idea
  • discuss how Koch's postulates are used to establish the causal link between a suspected microorganism and a disease
  • describe some of the various activities of microorganisms that are beneficial to humans
  • describe procaryotic and eucaryotic morphology, the two types of cellular anatomy, and also the distribution of microorganisms among the various kingdoms or domains in which living organisms are categorized
  • discuss the importance of the field of microbiology to other areas of biology and to general human welfare

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