Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life
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 LifeUser Review - Pam Porter - Goodreads
Excellent discussion of the history of E. coli and its importance in the last century of biomedical research. Carl Zimmer does a wonderful job of explaining the evolution of thought in the minds of ... Read full review
Review: Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of LifeUser 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