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Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Don't be afraid

    Good Germs, Bad Germs is a book that's stuck with me for months after reading--a fascinating exploration of the impact bacteria have on (it seems) just about every facet of life. While there are frightening tales of the grave danger that has arisen from our germ aversion, Jessica Sachs also tells the story of the researchers working to restore the balance in our ages long struggle to understand our tiniest neighbors. In time we'll be able to work with the "good" bacteria that our bodies need to stay healthy--and even put them to work keeping illness at bay. Highly recommended; a fascinating read.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    The author, Jessica Sachs, takes us on a journey through the mic

    The author, Jessica Sachs, takes us on a journey through the microbial world and reveals all it's secrets to the reader. Sachs
    combines true stories, first hand accounts, primary sources, biology knowledge and exciting animation to portray the battle
    between good germs and bad germs that surrounds us everyday. Sachs sets the stage for her learning based book with a pair of
    horror stories in the depths of the germ world; one is an account of a college football star infested with a drug resistant bacterial infection, 
    the second describes the battle between a child and his deadly food allergies. These moving stories give way to the main focus of Sachs'
    book: despite many modern scientific advances in hygiene and antibiotics, developed countries face even more daunting super bugs
    and deadly allergies than ever before. Sachs goes on to timeline the human relationship with microbes and how from their discovery to
    today, we have been at war. Sachs truly demonstrates the clearly evident human-microbe evolution and she shows how important and
    vital microbes are to our existence. Sachs weaves together exciting and vivid language and animation with information and knowledge to
    form a perfect picture of the importance of microbes in our everyday lives. Throughout the book, Sachs describes the horrors and terror
    germs can create but she also gives hope for the future, where bacteria and microbes help us fight off the bad germs and humans and
    the microbial world live in harmony. Overall, Sachs brings the reader into the microbial world and tries to explain the inner workings of it,
    in the hopes that more will be done in improving the relationship between humans and their microbial counterparts. Sachs combines an
    exciting writing style with vivid descriptions of science based topics, making for a very interesting and informative read. Good Germs, Bad
    Germs is perfect for anyone interested in science or anyone looking to expand their knowledge base. Hopefully, many people will read
    this book so the world becomes a healthier place, coexisting with the bacteria world.       

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