Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 14, 2009 - Science - 256 pages
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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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If I had to teach biology, this book would offer an important insight into the history of the field. I could assign portions for students to read about and report on. Read full review

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User Review  - DoingDewey - LibraryThing

Microcosm is a history of E. coli but more than that, it’s a history of modern biology. So much of what we do in the lab today depends on these little bacteria that looking at biology through the lens ... 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
Acknowledgments
201
Selected Bibliography
213
Index
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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