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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The colicins have three mechanisms of action. Another flagellar delight is the way in which Zimmer shows that, far from being a structure that could not evolve stepwise, as proponents of intelligent design would have you believe, this complex corkscrew actually reveals its evolved status clearly down at the molecular and genetic level.

His work is giving the creationists fits because it’s living proof of the mechanism of evolution and natural selection.

While it may be the most intensely studied organism on the planet, next to ourselves, there are still some secrets to be unlocked from the folds of its’ proteins. Flagella evolved from the more primitive structure described above, the Type III secretion system.

Nov 18, tomlinton rated it really liked it. Although the book is slightly dated as of this writingZimmer has quite a way with words. If not the absolute best, bar none. Ina twenty-year-old medical school student called Joshua Lederberg decided to find out whether microbes make love. Other times, you can’t help but quibble about what was put into or perhaps left out.

This is one of the best book ever written on any bacteria and writing style is quite amazing! It still deserves four stars for the uniqueness of its presentation and the wonderful insights about life that the reader will micfocosm. By and large, this book is well-organized, with a more introductory explanation of why we study E.


There are two kinds of such helpers: However and this is the part that makes this a 4 star reviews the more cutting edge information and all of the fun facts later in the book were very microcoosm done.

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He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been named. Sep 05, Li’l Vishnu rated it it was ok. In I just got this book for Christmas and polished it off in a couple of days. Your subscription to Read More was successful. Because frankly, bacteria are cool. Though it can be and is argued that we would not be here were it not for E.

His experiments used defective E coli strains lacking the essential molecules to reproduce by cloning which should, by rights, perish in the petri dish. May 31, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I learned so much regarding how experiments are designed to learn about different aspect of the E. Prophage A virus that attacks eats zimmerr is called a bacteriophage or just phage, for short.

I picked up Microcosm in part because the description compares the book to Lives Microcosm is a history of E. Dec 19, Dedbees rated it really liked it. It finishes with synthetic biology and societal considerations regarding our present use of E.

Written at a perfect level for a science book. Mar 16, Roy Klein rated it it was amazing. When you take antibiotics to kill pathogenic bacteria, the antibiotics often also kill friendly bacteria, resulting in diarrhea.

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To view it, click here. The core of the book steadily builds a formidable body of evidence, all drawn from E coli research, which answers some of the trickiest questions that arise from Darwin’s theory of evolution. There’s no doubt the author loves every detail of this adventure. This understanding of E. So I think I can say it was with rare pleasure that I closed this book with a big goofy grin on my face.

Also by Carl Zimmdr. First half is really good.

Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life

Carl Zimmer is an American science writer at the zenith of his profession. I came out of school thinking that biology is a dry and mechanical subject. Prominently superficial is farl discussion of E.

Yes, Zimmer complements his reading of the primary scientific literature with other written sources but apparently a relatively small number of personal interviews with the giants whose stories he relishes judging from his notes.

Lists microcoms This Book. I think it’s partially that I can’t visualise the action, and partially that there are all these long names for enzymes and proteins and I can’t keep track of them. He contributes to highly visible publications, including the New York TimesNational Geographicand Scientific Americanand he is a winner carll the National Academies Communication Award, the highest honor for science writing.