The Amoeba in the Room

The Amoeba in the Room

Lives of the Microbes

Book - 2014
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"In The Amoeba in the Room, Nicholas Money explores the extraordinary breadth of the microbial world and the vast swathes of biological diversity that can be detected only using molecular methods. Although biologists have achieved a remarkable level of understanding about the way multicellular organisms operate, Money shows that most people continue to ignore the fact that most of life isn't classified as either plant or animal. Significant discoveries about the composition of the biosphere are making it clear that the sciences have failed to comprehend the full spectrum of life on earth, which is far more diverse than previously imagined. Money's engaging work considers this diversity in all its forms, exploring environments from the backyard pond to the ocean floor to the "mobile ecosystem" of our own bodies. A revitalized vision of life emerges from Money's lively narrative of the lowly, one in which we are challenged to reconsider our existence in proper relationship to the single-celled protists, bacteria, and viruses that constitute most of life on earth. Proposing a radical reformulation of biology education and research in the life sciences, The Amoeba in the Room is a compelling romp through the least visible and yet most prodigiously magnificent aspects of life on earth"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780199665938
0199665931
9780199941315
0199941319
Branch Call Number: 579.17 M7467A 2014
Characteristics: xvii, 220 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm

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SFPL_danielay Nov 05, 2015

This book will open your eyes to the true masters of our planet - microbial life forms. How can a single-cell organism have an "eye," how do microbes manage to survive in super hot, cold, acidic or otherwise inhospitable places and how can we have trillions of bacteria in and on our bodies and not know? While a few more illustrations and a glossary would have been nice, this is a fascinating book.

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