An essential reference focusing on issues of gene organization, regulation, and evolution in the context of the whole life of the cell. * Contains an annotation of the complete B. subtilis genome and includes a unique compilation of major pathways of metabolism and macromolecular synthesis, correlating genes and proteins and assigning new functions to many genes. * Provides clear explanations of the major regulatory mechanisms that are unique to gram-positive bacteria as well as an overview of their special properties. * Offers detailed information and is valuable reading for microbiologists, biotechnologists, and students. This title is published by the American Society for Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.