Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life

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Vintage Books, 2009 - Science - 243 pages
23 Reviews
A Best Book of the YearSeed Magazine Granta Magazine The Plain-DealerIn this fascinating and utterly engaging book, Carl Zimmer traces E. coli's pivotal role in the history of biology, from the discovery of DNA to the latest advances in biotechnology. He reveals the many surprising and alarming parallels between E. coli's life and our own. And he describes how E. coli changes in real time, revealing billions of years of history encoded within its genome. E. coli is also the most engineered species on Earth, and as scientists retool this microbe to produce life-saving drugs and clean fuel, they are discovering just how far the definition of life can be stretched.
  

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Review: Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life

User Review  - Li'l Vishnu - Goodreads

This book has some very fun things to say about natural selection and the movement of genes across species. Particularly the stories about viruses and DNA. Incidentally, I have a hard time with ... Read full review

Review: Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life

User Review  - Yusef Vazirabad - Goodreads

Although the book is slightly dated as of this writing (2008), Zimmer has quite a way with words. His prose is excellent and keeps everything simple for non-scientists. As a student of the biological ... Read full review

Contents

One Signature
3
Three The System
32
Four The E coli Watchers Field Guide
50
Five Everflux
64
Six Death and Kindness
80
Seven Darwin at the Drugstore
97
Ten Playing Nature
157
Acknowledgments 101
200
Selected Bibliography
213
lllClX
229
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Carl Zimmer writes about science for The New York Times, and his work also appears in National Geographic, Scientific American, and Discover, where he is a contributing editor. He won a 2007 National Academies Communication Award, the highest honor for science writing. He is the author of five prevcious books, including Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea and Parasite Rex, for which he has earned fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Zimmer also writes an award-winning blog, The Loom. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and children.


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