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The 6th edition of Through the Microscope is now complete, including hard copy, and ebook versions for Kindle and epub readers. The 5th edition is now officially retired. The 5th edition will be kept on the site until December of 2017 but will be closing in 2018. Support will continue until then, but it is encouraged that all new subscribers buy the 6th edition.
A completely reworked and modernized Microbial Ecology Chapter has been published today. Recent advances in DNA isolation and sequencing have made it possible to investigate the microbes present without culturing them. This has completely changed our understanding of the microbial population that is present in the environment and what they are doing. Finally, a clear picture of the environment at the microscopic level is emerging and in the years to come we will learn how it all fits together. It’s an exciting time to be a microbiologist.
The process of creating the 5th edition of Through the Microscope has begun and you are at the new site. Unlike typical publishers, the process is completely open and you can watch the book take shape. Here is what is coming in the new edition
- Upgrade the backend server software to the latest release of Zikula.
- Create a new look for the book
- Update Microbial Diversity
- Update Microbial Ecology
- Update Bacterial Structure
The deadline for the 5th edition is August 2013.
Jeffrey D. Karpicke and Janell R. Blunt report that using tests to measure your comprehension of a subject also has the side benefit of helping you remember the material better. The NY times has an excellent article summarizing the findings.
Through the Microscope has dozens of concept quizzes throughout the text that help you to check your understanding of the material. Each chapter also has an end of chapter quiz to further cement the concepts. As you use this text, make sure you take advantage of theses tools.