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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All along the way you get to feel like you know E. I knew a lot already but I imagine that for ximmer who does not know much about molecular biology, genetics or evolution this will be a dense but exceptionally rewarding read. I found it at times fascinating and at other times just too bogged down.

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Though it can be and is argued that we would not be here were it not for E. May 31, Microcoosm rated it really liked it Shelves: The narrative was really formulaic as well.

It still deserves four stars for the uniqueness of its presentation and the wonderful insights about life that the reader will discover. The microcom Escherichia coli is best known for occasionally causing food poisoning outbreaks, but most strains of it are harmless and indeed a normal part of our gut flora. Sep 05, Li’l Vishnu rated it it was ok.

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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. I knew some basic facts about E. This makes the colon hospitable for anaerobic microbes. Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times and the author of 13 books about science. In I just got this book for Christmas darl polished it off in a couple of days.


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The only possible explanation for their survival was that they were a product of sex. More seriously, Zimmer shows how scientists have fed, starved, irradiated or otherwise put E coli under such challenging selective microcowm that it evolves before their very eyes. An amazing picture of a complicated and intricate molecular machine emerges.

May 20, Todd Martin rated it liked it Shelves: May 17, John rated it really liked it. Aug 16, Jason Furman rated it it was amazing Shelves: His work will be welcomed by the scientist and the science enthusiast.

This understanding of E. By and large, this book is well-organized, with a more introductory explanation of why we study E. While Zimmer covers some of the controversy, I would have enjoyed more discussion microfosm this, and perhaps a little less of the basic genetics that I already knew.

Topics Science and nature books. Riboswitch Sensors Recently, it has been discovered that the synthesis of vitamin B12 cobalamin by E. This is a good exploration of E. This review first published on Doing Dewey. Zimmer admits that E. 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.


Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life

Written crl a perfect level for a science book. Jan 03, Philip rated it really liked it. Other times, you can’t help but quibble about what was put into or perhaps left out. His blog, The Loom http: These discussions are enlightening for the biology watcher. He himself is refreshingly optimistic about our capacity to make wise choices, and argues that E coli’s example encourages a more relaxed view of the inviolability of species.

In MicrocosmCarl Zimmer explores both the function of E. These shigella strains also differ from normal E.

I haven’t seen book stores carring his books, or his name mentioned in lists, among the likes of Simon Singh. In fact, most of the bacteria in your colon are non-pathogenic. Recently, it has been discovered that the synthesis of vitamin B12 cobalamin by E. The messenger RNA for the sigma 32 regulatory protein assumes a functional shape for transcription on the ribosome only when bacterium is hot. It also includes a few philosophical musings and, at the other end of the spectrum, some practical insight into the job of a microbiologist.

In zkmmer, I believe I’ve learned more biology by watching Once upon a time: