microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life Amazon Barnes & Noble In this startlingly original biography of a germ, Carl Zimmer traces E. coli’s pivotal role. Microcosm has ratings and 89 reviews. Michael said: DiscoveryEscherichia coli bacteria was discovered by the German-Austrian pediatrician Theodor. Carl Zimmer effectively applies this principle in his engrossing new book, “ Microcosm,” relating the study of these microbes to larger.

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There are references to papers that were covered in both of my graduate microbiology classes.

Carl Zimmer is an American science writer at microcsm zenith of his profession. The natural history of this surprisingly complicated little survivor is sketched, from its beginnings billions of years ago to its central role in today’s brave new world of biotechnology.

The material was broadly familiar: Truly a remarkable book, well-written, extensively researched and a true pleasure to read. Only recently was it discovered that the shigella bacterium is actually a group of strains of E. A virus that attacks eats bacteria is called a bacteriophage or just phage, for short.

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Today, a great number of drugs are synthesized with its aide. I haven’t seen book stores carring his books, or his name mentioned in lists, among the likes of Simon Singh. I just got this book for Christmas and polished it off farl a couple of days. To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading.

After reading this book, I’m glad to have been proven wrong. Journal List J Clin Invest v. He writes carrl economy and fluency and doesn’t always wait to see if you’re still with him – but hang in there, it’s worth it. To ask other readers questions about Microcosmplease sign up.

T Carl Zimmer is one of my favorite science writers, precisely miicrocosm I know how difficult it is to walk the fine line between explaining the intricacies of science and not overwhelming readers with abstruse detail. Jul 14, Pages.


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mircocosm This is a thought-provoking book that wrenches us from our human-centred perspective and gives us a guide to life through the chemical-sensing molecules of a species that was here long before we were, and which will certainly outlive us.

Escherichia coli bacteria was discovered by the German-Austrian pediatrician Theodor Escherich. Prophage A virus that attacks eats bacteria zi,mer called a bacteriophage or just phage, for short. There is also a feedback loop where excessive amounts of heat-shock protein will shut down their production.

Or perhaps it’s just that I’m not too excited by bacteria.

Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life

Zimmer has woven a fascinating tapestry, intercalating the energy of world-changing scientific discovery with the fascinating complexity of a well-understood living organism. Published May 6th by Pantheon Books first published January 1st When you take antibiotics to kill pathogenic bacteria, the antibiotics often also kill friendly bacteria, resulting in diarrhea.

Lederberg was motivated not by a displaced libido, but by scientific ambition.

At least I know someone else who loved this book, so let’s just let them cancel my complaints out. Lists with This Book. Regardless, I thoroughly this book–it has been a while since a non-fiction book kept sucking me back to read a page here and a page there in down moments throughout the day, or up to 3am.

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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. By and large, this book is well-organized, with a more introductory explanation of why we study E. I’m a microbiologist-in-training, and to start out with, it’s rare t It is easy, when reading a book that’s about your particular field of intense interest, to close the last page with mixed feelings. Give it a read, why don’t you? Shigella This form of diarrhea was discovered by Kiyoshi Shiga. Perhaps the phrase that will resonate with me longest, though, is the one he uses to frame the discussion of E.


Refresh and try again. This is the second book I’ve read by Carl Zimmer, and so far he’s consistently captivating, mind provoking and thorough. More than a mere recounting of decades of elegant scientific research from the likes of Joshua Lederberg and Salvador Luria, among others, “Microcosm” is truly a book about contemporary biology With the trained eyes of a scientist and the soul of poet, eminent science writer Carl Zimmer takes us on an all too brief, yet fascinating, trek into contemporary biology, as seen from the perspective of the bacterium Escherichia coli, in his latest book, “Microcosm: If there is indeed one important underlying theme to “Microcosm”, then perhaps it is the prevalence of sex in this single-celled organism, and its importance as a key ingredient in understanding evolution, which was recognized decades ago by a young Joshua Lederberg.

Yes, Zimmer complements his reading of the primary scientific literature with other written sources but apparently a relatively small number of personal interviews with the giants whose stories he relishes judging from his notes. Open Preview See a Problem? Evolutionary Cooperation The author discusses recent theories of evolution that assert that natural selection favors not just traits that help an individual organism survive, but also traits that help the survival of their close genetic relatives, from its immediate family to its species.

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