Volume 3, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


To whom is this book directed? The author states, “… the text endeavors to furnish a general account of the present status of bacterial genetics in a manner which, it is hoped, is elementary enough for the beginning student and sufficiently comprehensive to be of value to the research worker” (presumably in bacteriology). Firstly, inasmuch as genetic principles pervade all of the biological sciences including bacteriology, the reviewer seriously doubts that there is any substitute for a course in the principles of classical genetics for the beginning bacteriology student today. The 15 per cent of the text devoted to a review of genetic principles is necessarily rather sketchy and inadequately illustrated. Further, the specialized field of bacterial genetics cannot reasonably be divorced from the general subject of microbial genetics for either the beginning student or the research worker. As a consequence of the restriction of examples to bacteria, certain aspects are necessarily incompletely developed.


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