Germs, Genes, and Bacteria: How They Influence Modern Life (Collection) [NOOK Book]

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Breakthrough bioscience and its implications: 3 extraordinary boks take you to the cutting edge of biology, genetics, evolution, and human health

Three remarkable books take you to the cutting edge of biology, genetics, evolution, and human health — explaining the newest science, and revealing its incredible implications! Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today reveals how microbes have shaped our health, genetics, history, culture, politics, ...

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Germs, Genes, and Bacteria: How They Influence Modern Life (Collection)

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Overview

Breakthrough bioscience and its implications: 3 extraordinary boks take you to the cutting edge of biology, genetics, evolution, and human health

Three remarkable books take you to the cutting edge of biology, genetics, evolution, and human health — explaining the newest science, and revealing its incredible implications! Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today reveals how microbes have shaped our health, genetics, history, culture, politics, religion and ethics… and how they’re shaping our future right now. Allies and Enemies: How the World Depends on Bacteria offers an even closer look at humans’ intimate partnership with bacteria… how they keep you alive, how they can kill you, and how we can all live together happily in peace. Finally, in It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick, Greg Gibson explains today’s explosion in chronic disease through a revolutionary new hypothesis: our genome is out of equilibrium with itself, its environment, and modern culture.

From world-renowned leaders in science and science journalism, including David Clark, Anne Maczulak, and Greg Gibson


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132788342
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 4/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 696
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David P. Clark, Professor of Microbiology at Southern Illinois University, has published 70+ articles in scientific journals; the U.S. Department of Energy funded his research into the genetics and regulation of bacterial fermentation for 25 years. His books include Molecular Biology Made Simple and Fun, Third Edition. Anne Maczulak is a Ph.D. microbiologist who has consulted on water quality, sewage, flu vaccine manufacturing, and many other issues. The author of The Five-Second Rule and Other Myths about Germs, she guests regularly on Sirius/XM’s Martha Stewart Living Radio, answering callers’ questions about germs. Greg Gibson is Professor of Genetics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and of Integrative Biology at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is a leader in the new field of genomics, studying how interactions between genes and environment affect health and evolution.

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Table of Contents

Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today

Preface: xiii

Chapter 1: Introduction: our debt to disease 1

Chapter 2: Where did our diseases come from? 13

Chapter 3: Transmission, overcrowding, and virulence 33

Chapter 4: Water, sewers, and empires 67

Chapter 5: Meat and vegetables 93

Chapter 6: Pestilence and warfare 115

Chapter 7: Venereal disease and sexual behavior 141

Chapter 8: Religion and tradition: health below or heaven above? 163

Chapter 9: Manpower and slavery 193

Chapter 10: Urbanization and democracy 213

Chapter 11: Emerging diseases and the future 231

Further reading: 257

Index: 261

Allies and Enemies: How the World Depends on Bacteria

Acknowledgments: viii

About the Author: ix

Introduction: 1

Chapter 1: Why the world needs bacteria 7

Chapter 2: Bacteria in history 35

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

Chapter 4: Bacteria in popular culture 83

Chapter 5: An entire industry from a single cell 99

Chapter 6: The invisible universe 121

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

Epilogue: How microbiologists grow bacteria 165

Appendix: Resources for learning more about bacteria 173

Index: 197

It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick

Preface: How a genetic culture clash with modern life is making us sick ix

Chapter 1: The adolescent genome 1

Chapter 2: Breast cancer’s broken genes 19

Chapter 3: Not so thrifty diabetes genes 41

Chapter 4: Unhealthy hygiene 65

Chapter 5: Genetic AIDS 85

Chapter 6: Generating depression 99

Chapter 7: The alzheimer’s generation 121

Chapter 8: Genetic normality 135

Endnotes: 151

About the author: 175

Index: 177

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