Before even considering trying any of these procedures — and before refusing them upfront — it is strongly advisable to read I contain multitudes: the microbes within us and a grander view of life, by Ed Yong. It is a fascinating book, a delight to read, and an excellent example of science communication and popularization. And if you read this book, you will know better than trying those things at home. As the title indicates, the book deals with microbes.
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We know they are everywhere, we know they cause diseases, some of us are aware they may be useful think of wine and cheese… , and we know our immune system is designed to fight them. Reading this book will make you view the world differently. This is a much-needed guide to the hidden kingdom that dominates life on Earth. It cuts through all the buzzwordy hooey and flakey hype of microbiomes with a scientifically steady hand, but told with an infectious sense of awe. His hero, Sir David [Attenborough], would surely approve.
I Contain Multitudes will change the way you look at yourself and just about everything else. You become disoriented, looking at the world around you in a new way. With vivid tales and graceful explanations, Ed Yong reveals how the living things we see around us are wildly complex collectives. It is rare that a writer has the capacity to speak to the public and the scientific world with equanimity; Yong has succeeded in delivering a compelling and informative exploration of a vast research field and a fundamental work that can stand as textbook and a rip-roaring read!
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He's smart, he's witty, and he's at the cutting edge. You could not get a better guide. And this is an encyclopedia of fascinations—a teeming intellectual ecosystem, a keen book on the intricacies of the microbiome and more. It provides an insight into the latest research in the field, and into the people doing the work, that is unmatched by any other book on the microbiome to date. Certainly among the best books in an increasingly crowded field and written with a true passion for and understanding of the microbiome. A unique, entertaining, and smart read.
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It brilliantly synthesises the surprising and recently-revealed inter-dependencies of visible and invisible organisms… Look out for it on numerous book prize shortlists in Yong takes us on this journey through the microscope to discover the most recent research from scientists all round the world and tell us of the secrets that are being discovered about microbes… Yong writes with an engaging and eloquent style and makes the science in here really accessible.
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