I Contain Multitudes

I Contain Multitudes

The Microbes Within Us and A Grander View of Life

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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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.--
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062472595
Characteristics: audio file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Alternative Title: Microbes within us

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SPL_Shauna Nov 13, 2016

For fans of science writing, this is a must-read. About microbes. Yep, you read that right. This is the kind of engaging science book that has you turning to your partner to say "did you know" every few minutes. Happily, the author reserves $20 words for the names of the little critters, keeping the rest of his prose humorous and light. And, I'm happy to report the audio narrator gets the author's jokes and delivers the reading in a lovely accent to boot.

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