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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Microcosm cagl us that scientific discovery makes compelling reading in the hands of a master storyteller. There is also a feedback loop where excessive amounts of heat-shock protein will shut down their production.

Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life

His prose is excellent and keeps everything simple for non-scientists. Prominently superficial is a discussion of E.

Incidentally, I have a hard time with figures like virus spreading genes zmimer quadrillion times each second” beneath the ocean.

Could finish before it was due back.

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.

May 31, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: Coli, in Carl Zimmer’s hands, is a fascinating creature, which by having several features suitable for study, has made it one of the best understood creatures in the world.

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Our failure properly to grasp how a fast-breeding bacterium can rapidly evolve defences in response to a new environmental threat has led to the worldwide farl of antibiotic resistance. I was fascinated to learn about the complicated genetic circuits that exist in such a simple organism.

Refresh and try again. To ask other readers questions about Microcosmplease sign up. Since the s, scientists have been cultivating one of these strains in laboratories and using it and the viruses that infect it to discover the secrets of life. This microcoxm GMO makes vitamin A, which is needed for vision.

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More seriously, Zimmer shows how scientists have fed, starved, irradiated or microfosm put E coli under such challenging selective pressures that it evolves before their very eyes. After the sigma 32 protein is synthesized, it turns on the transcription of the genes for the heat-shock proteins.

His blog, The Loom http: These little touches really make the book seem more zijmer to me, as a scientist. Zimmer devotes considerable attention to genome plasticity and natural selection in E.

Aug 15, Darnell rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 19, Jessie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This review first published on Doing Dewey. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer.


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I think that from now on, when people ask me, with that touch of “what’s wrong with you? The author is zommer advocate of genetic engineering, which started with E. There are zzimmer kinds of such helpers: This book is based on the history, present and future of E. I just got this book for Christmas and polished it off in a couple of days. In his new book, Microcosm: I found it at times fascinating and at other times just too bogged down.

Six of those whose work Zimmer highlights made discoveries of such significance that they won Nobel prizes. The colicins have three mechanisms of action. 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 well done.

His book does, indeed, include a graphic account of the microocosm nasty way in which a strain of the bacterium, known as O