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Microcosm E. Coli and the New Science of Life

ISBN-10: 0307276864
ISBN-13: 9780307276865
Edition: N/A
Authors: Carl Zimmer
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Description: Within days of being born, we are infected with billions ofE. coli.They will inhabit each and every one of us until we die.E. coliis notorious for making people gravely ill, but engineered strains of the bacteria save millions of lives each year.  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660

Within days of being born, we are infected with billions ofE. coli.They will inhabit each and every one of us until we die.E. coliis notorious for making people gravely ill, but engineered strains of the bacteria save millions of lives each year. Despite its microscopic size,E.colicontains more than four thousand genes that operate a staggeringly sophisticated network of millions of molecules. Scientists are rebuildingE. colifrom the ground up, redefining our understanding of life on Earth. In the tradition of classics like Lewis Thomas'sLives of a Cell, Carl Zimmer has written a fascinating and utterly accessible investigation of what it means to be alive. Zimmer tracesE. coli's remarkable history, showing how scientists used it to discover how genes work and then to launch the entire biotechnology industry. While some strains ofE. coligrab headlines by causing deadly diseases, scientists are retooling the bacteria to produce everything from human insulin to jet fuel. Microcosmis the story of the one species on Earth that science knows best of all. It's also a story of life itself--of its rules, its mysteries, and its future. From the Hardcover edition.

Carl Zimmer writes the monthly essay in the US magazine Natural History, having inherited this position from Stephen Jay Gould.

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