I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
ISBN: 0062368591
EAN13: 9780062368591
Language: English
Publication Date: Aug 9, 2016
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 9.5" L x 6.5" W
Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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A groundbreaking, marvelously informative microbe's-eye view of the world that reveals a radically reconceived picture of life on earth.

For most of human existence, microbes were hidden, visible only through the illnesses they caused. When they finally surfaced in biological studies, they were cast as rogues. Only recently have they immigrated from the neglected fringes of biology to its center. Even today, many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us--the microbiome--are invaluable parts of our lives.

I Contain Multitudes lets us peer into that world for the first time, allowing us to see how ubiquitous and vital microbes are: they sculpt our organs, defend us from disease, break down our food, educate our immune systems, guide our behavior, bombard our genomes with their genes, and grant us incredible abilities. While much of the prevailing discussion around the microbiome has focused on its implications for human health, Yong broadens this focus to the entire animal kingdom, giving us a grander view of life.

With humor and erudition, Ed Yong prompts us to look at ourselves and our fellow animals in a new light: less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are. When we look at the animal kingdom through a microbial lens, even the most familiar parts of our Read More chevron_right

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