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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Most of the incredible discovery about bacteria and prokaryotic organisms were E. The book has the feel of a personal encounter with great scientists. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Overall, it is a very interesting peek into a tiny creature. Anyone with even a passing interest in the basic questions of life.

This understanding of E. I came out of school thinking that biology is a dry and mechanical subject.

I’m a big fan of Carl Zimmer. This is the second book I’ve read by Carl Zimmer, and so far he’s consistently captivating, mind provoking and thorough.

Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life

Dover Area School District trial. A look at life, evolution and death from the point of view of the common gut bateria, e.

I’ve found some of Zimmer’s work too introductory, but this one goes into greater detail without losing the clarity and readability. Jul 01, Junx rated it really liked it Recommends it for: W hen William Blake strove “to see a world in a grain of sand”, he was talking about the artist’s search for universal truths in the most mundane objects or events.


Riboswitch Sensors Recently, it has been discovered that the synthesis of vitamin B12 cobalamin by E. Six of those whose work Zimmer highlights made discoveries of such significance that they won Nobel prizes. Zimmer has woven a fascinating tapestry, intercalating the energy of world-changing scientific discovery with the fascinating complexity of a well-understood living organism.

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I’m in the middle of training to be a neuroscientist, so as you might imagine, I zimmeer study many bacteria they have no nervous system. There are two kinds of such helpers: It’s not a long book, and it could have been longer, I think, though to do so might have risked beating the E. Zimmer admits that E. It is not, however, an equally good time to be reading popular-science books.

He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been named Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times and the author of 13 books about science. It is small enough to understand the entire scope of the organism, genetically brief enough to gather a complete genetic sequence of, grows prolifically enough to demonstrate great genetic diversity from even a small initial zkmmer, and lives short enough to evolve strains.

Oh boy, did I learn some things. Zimmer succeeds in engendering a healthy respect for the bug that lives inside us all. There is also, regrettably, ample discussion too of creationist interest in E. The double helix tends to steal the limelight, but its structure is one of the few things about DNA we did not learn from E coli. All in all, a wonderful book that I would recommend to all students of biology, medicine, or just someone who desires to know more about how these organisms keep us alive and make us cagl ill.


If you want to get a clearer idea of the sort of nature that science can now play with, this is the book for you. His summary of the complicated regulatory scheme controlling E. Even so, I never fully understood the mechanism of how artificial selection pressure causes hyper-mutation in bacteria, and Zimmer eloquen Although the book is slightly dated as of this writingZimmer has quite a way with words.

Some of the later chapters of the book tackle genetic engineering and synthetic biology, controversial scientific issues with E. His prose is excellent and keeps everything simple for non-scientists. As a car of the biological sciences, at times he glossed over experimental details that I had to know of due to curiosity, but that is due to my background and is not a fault of the author.

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.

Microcosm by Carl Zimmer – Penguin Books Australia

Ron Breaker of Yale University gave the name riboswitch to the nucleotide sequence of the mRNA that binds farl vitamin molecule. After the sigma 32 protein is synthesized, it turns on the transcription of the genes for the heat-shock proteins. They claim that it cannot explain the appearance of the bacterial flagella, for example.