Allies and Enemies: How the World Depends on Bacteria [NOOK Book]

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Bacteria are invisible, mysterious, deadly, self-sufficient…and absolutely essential for all life, including yours. No other living things combine their elegant simplicity with their incredibly complex role: Bacteria keep us alive, supply our food, and regulate our biosphere. We can’t live a day without them, and no chemical, antibiotic, or irradiation has ever successfully eradicated them. They’re our partners, like it or not--even though some of them will happily kill us.

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Overview

Bacteria are invisible, mysterious, deadly, self-sufficient…and absolutely essential for all life, including yours. No other living things combine their elegant simplicity with their incredibly complex role: Bacteria keep us alive, supply our food, and regulate our biosphere. We can’t live a day without them, and no chemical, antibiotic, or irradiation has ever successfully eradicated them. They’re our partners, like it or not--even though some of them will happily kill us.

Allies and Enemies tells the story of this amazing, intimate partnership. Authored by Anne Maczulak, a microbiologist who’s hunted and worked with an extraordinary array of bacteria, this book offers a powerful new perspective on Earth’s oldest creatures. You’ll discover how bacteria work, how they evolve, their surprising contributions and uses, the roles they’ve played in human history, and why you can't survive without them. No form of life is more important, and in Maczulak’s hands, none is more fascinating.

Outlasted, outnumbered, outsmarted

They’ve been here four billion years--and they even outnumber you in your own body

How bacteria keep you alive…

…and how to keep them from killing you

“Humans Defeat Germs!”

But not for long…

The Invisible Universe

The stunning hidden relationships between bacteria and the rest of nature

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"Not surprisingly, people frequently view "germs" as enemies of humankind because media coverage usually involves an outbreak of disease. Writer and microbiologist Maczulak attempts to refute this perception by explaining how microbes such as bacteria are not only important for industry but also essential for human survival.The extensive bibliography encompasses Internet resources and classical readings as well as some professional references on the subject." Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers. -- R. Adler, University of Michigan, Dearborn. Reprinted with permission from CHOICE, copyright by the American Library Association.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132119306
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/22/2010
  • Series: FT Press Science
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Maczulak grew up in Watchung, New Jersey, with a plan to become either a writer or a biologist. She completed undergraduate and master’s studies in animal nutrition at The Ohio State University, her doctorate nutrition and microbiology from the University of Kentucky, and conducted postdoctoral studies at the New York State Department of Health. She also holds an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Anne began her training as a microbiologist studying the bacteria and protozoa of human and animal digestive tracts. She is one of a relatively small group of microbiologists who were trained in the Hungate method of culturing anaerobic microbes, meaning microbes that cannot live if exposed to oxygen. In industry, Anne worked in microbiology laboratories at Fortune 500 companies, developing anti-dandruff shampoos, deodorants, water purifiers, drain openers, septic tank cleaners, and disinfectants--all products that relate to the world of microbes. She conducted research in the University of California-San Francisco’s dermatology group, testing wound-healing medications, antimicrobial soaps, and foot fungus treatments.

In graduate school, other students and a few professors had seemed nonplussed when Anne filled her elective schedule with literature courses. Anne was equally surprised to learn that so many of her peers in science found pursuit of the arts to be folly. In 1992, with more than a decade of “growing bugs” on her resume, she packed up and drove from the east coast to California to begin a new career as a writer while keeping microbiology her day job. And yes, it was possible to be both a writer and a scientist.

While toiling evenings on a mystery novel set in a microbiology lab, Anne continued working on various laboratory projects intended either to utilize good microbes or eliminate deadly ones. A decade later, Anne began her career as an independent consultant and has successfully blended writing with biology. Although the mystery novel never made it off the ground, Anne has since published ten books on microbes and environmental science. She focuses on making highly technical subjects easy to understand. From her unique perspective, Anne inspires her audiences into wanting to know more about microbes, and perhaps even like them.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

About the Author ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Why the world needs bacteria 7

Tricks in bacterial survival 9

Bacterial communities 13

Under the microscope 16

The size of life 20

The bacteria of the human body 25

The origins of our bacteria 29

One planet 32

Chapter 2 Bacteria in history 35

The ancients 37

The legacy of bacterial pathogens 39

The plague 42

Microbiologists save the day 46

Unheralded heroes of bacteriology 50

On the front 58

Chapter 3 “Humans defeat germs!”(but not for long) 63

What is an antibiotic? 64

Inventing drugs is like making sausage 68

Mutant wars 73

Bacteria share their DNA 77

The opportunists 78

Chapter 4 Bacteria in popular culture 83

Bacteria and art 83

Bacteria in the performing arts 84

Friends and enemies 89

Do bacteria devour art? 91

Chapter 5 An entire industry from a single cell 99

E. coli 103

The power of cloning 106

A chain reaction 109

Bacteria on the street 112

Anthrax 116

Why we will always need bacteria 117

Chapter 6 The invisible universe 121

Versatility begets diversity 124

Cyanobacteria 128

Bacterial protein factories 131

How to build an ecosystem 135

Feedback and ecosystem maintenance 138

Macrobiology 141

Chapter 7 Climate, bacteria, and a barrel of oil 145

The story of oil 147

Bacteria power 149

How is a cow like a cockroach? 150

Microscopic power plants 154

The waste problem 155

Bacteria on Mars 160

Shaping the planet 162

Epilogue How microbiologists grow bacteria 165

Serial dilution 165

Counting bacteria 167

Logarithms 168

Anaerobic microbiology 169

Aseptic technique 170

Appendix Resources for learning more about bacteria 173

Internet resources on bacteria 173

Book resources on bacteria 173

Classic reading on bacteria 174

Bacteria rule references 175

Index 197

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