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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
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New York Times BestsellerJoining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin—a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world that... show more
New York Times BestsellerJoining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin—a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on earth.Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light—less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are.The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people.Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us—the microbiome—build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780062368591 (0062368591)
ASIN: 0062368591
Publisher: Ecco
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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I'm not going to go into extreme detail about this book as others have written great reviews in that vain. Briefly this book shows how the "microbiome" has influenced life for billions of years, so much so that the heavy use of antibiotics and attempt at sterilization of our bodies and environment o...
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4.5 I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong
I Contain Multitudes is an enjoyable and informative book that takes a look at how microbes live, where microbes live and their interactions with other species, including humans. This book contains many interesting scientific findings and microbial interactions - such as worms that don't have a mou...
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