Microbiology and Immunology
This chapter includes reference sources useful for microbiology and immunol-
ogy. Microbiology is “the scientic study of microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, viruses
and fungi).” For purposes of this discussion, however, fungi such as yeasts are
included with plant biology in Chapter 10, Plant Biology. Immunology is thestudy
of immunity, “the state of relative insusceptibility of an animal to infection by
disease-producing organisms” (Oxford Dictionary of Biology, 4th ed., 2000). Because
microbial systems are convenient and effective for studying a whole range of life
processes, there is a signicant overlap between this chapter and Chapters 5–7, cov-
ering biochemistry and biophysics, molecular and cell biology, and genetics, respec-
tively. Although medical microbiology and immunology are not comprehensively
discussed in this chapter, some basic materials are included that pertain to the study
of pathogenic microbiology and diagnostic immunology.
ABSTRACTS AND INDEXES
Abstracting and indexing serials are annotated in Chapter 4, and general sources
useful for both microbiologists and immunologists are annotated in Chapter 3.
Basically, the three great abstracting/indexing serials for microbiology and immu-
nology are Biological Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts, and PubMed.
Current Advances in Immunology and Infectious Diseases. v. 9–, 1992–. Amsterdam,
Netherlands: Elsevier. Monthly. $232.00. ISSN 0964-8747.
A current-awareness service with citations arranged in subject classication; also
contains a comprehensive listing of review articles. Formerly: Current Advances
in Immunology. Available in print and online as part of Current Awareness in
Biological Sciences (see Chapter 4).
Immunology Abstracts. v. 1–, 1976–. Bethesda, MD: Cambridge Scientic Abstracts.
Monthly. Price varies. ISSN 0307-112X.
Covers studies in humans and animals, including molecular immunology, tumor
immunology, histocompatability, and disorders of the immune system. See Virology
and AIDS Abstracts (below) for more extensive coverage of AIDS. Available online
as part of the Biological Sciences database (see Chapter 4). Also available as a sepa-
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Microbiology Abstracts Section B: Bacteriology. v. 1–, 1972–. Bethesda, MD:
Cambridge Scientic Abstracts. Monthly. Price varies. ISSN 0300-8398.
This abstracting journal covers all areas of bacteriology, including taxonomy,
genetics, medical and veterinary bacteriology, antimicrobials, and others. Has a
medical emphasis. Available online as part of the Biological Sciences database
(see Chapter 4). Also available as a separate database, Bacteriology Abstracts
Microbiology Abstracts. Section C, Algology, Mycology and Protozoology. v. 1–,
1972–. Bethesda, MD: Cambridge Scientic Abstracts. Monthly. Price varies.
Covers all aspects of the study of algae, fungi, protozoa, and lichens. Available
online as part of the Biological Sciences database (see Chapter 4). Also avail-
able as a separate database, Algology Mycology and Protozoology Abstracts
Virology and AIDS Abstracts. v. 21–, 1988–. Bethesda, MD: Cambridge Scientic
Abstracts. Monthly. Price varies. ISSN 0896-5919.
Covers all aspects of virology, including studies on plants, animals, andhumans.
Also has comprehensive coverage of AIDS, including drug tests, transmission,
molecular aspects, and immunology. Available online as part of the Biological
Sciences database (see Chapter 4). Formerly: Virology Abstracts.
American Type Culture Collection (ATCC). PO Box 1549, Manassas, VA 20108.
E-mail: email@example.com. URL: http://www.atcc.org.
Founded 1925. 225 staff. A private organization seeking to collect, propagate,
preserve, and distribute authentic cultures of microorganisms and genetic materi-
als for reference purposes for use in educational, research, and other scientic and
industrial activities. Conducts research, maintains depository for cultures, aids in
processing and packaging biohazardous materials, and identies cultures. Web site
provides access to catalogs, news, and information about the ATCC.
American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). 1752 N St. NW, Washington, DC
20036-2804. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. URL: http://academy.asm.org.
Founded 1955. 1500 members. Honoric leadership component of American
Society for Microbiology (see below) concerned with microscopic and submicro-
scopic organisms. Encourages exchange of information among members. Publishes
Academy News and Views. Web site provides links to Colloquium Reports, mem-
bership information, and more.
American Association of Immunologists (AAI). 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda,
MD 20814-3998. E-mail: email@example.com. URL: http://www.aai.org.
Founded 1913. 5500 members. Scientists engaged in immunological research
including aspects of virology, bacteriology, biochemistry, genetics, and related dis-
ciplines. Goals are to advance knowledge of immunology and related disciplines
and to facilitate the interchange of information among investigators in various
elds. Promotes interaction between laboratory investigators and clinicians; con-
ducts training courses, symposia, workshops, and lectures; bestows awards; com-
piles statistics. Publishes quarterly AAI Newsletter and Journal of Immunology.