An examination of the mechanisms governing genetic inheritance. * Provides a link between classical experiments in chromosome physiology and new developments in genetic research. * Covers the fundamental systems required for all bacterial cells to replicate chromosomes and organize genetic information. * Presents complex biochemical reactions, including DNA replication, genetic recombination, and RNA transcription, from both genetic and physical perspectives. * Incorporates the implications of the DNA sequence database with information on horizontal gene transfer and the impact of phage genes on bacterial genomes. This title is published by the American Society for Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.