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I contain multitudes : the microbes within us and a grander view of life /
Ed Yong.
edition
First U.S. edition.
imprint
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
description
357 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
0062368591, 9780062368591, 9780062368607
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Book
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imprint
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
isbn
0062368591
9780062368591
9780062368607
contents note
Prologue : a trip to the zoo -- Living islands -- The people who thought to look -- Body builders -- Terms and conditions apply -- In sickness and in health -- The long waltz -- Mutually assured success -- Allegro in E major -- Microbes à la carte -- Tomorrow the world.
abstract
This book lets us peer into the world of microbes--not as germs to be eradicated, but as invaluable parts of our lives--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, prompting us to look at ourselves and our fellow animals in a new light: less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we are. I Contain Multitudes is the story of extraordinary partnerships between the familiar creatures of our world and those we never knew existed. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.--
catalogue key
11166359
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-338) and index.
Reprint. Originally published: London, [England] : The Bodley Head, an imprint of Vintage, 2016.

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