Bioverse: How the Cellular World Contains the Secrets to Life's Biggest Questions

Bioverse: How the Cellular World Contains the Secrets to Life's Biggest Questions

by William B. Miller
Bioverse: How the Cellular World Contains the Secrets to Life's Biggest Questions

Bioverse: How the Cellular World Contains the Secrets to Life's Biggest Questions

by William B. Miller


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For as long as humans have been on Earth, we have looked up to the stars for clues to our own existence. Medical doctor and evolutionary biologist William B. Miller, Jr. suggests that we may find more meaningful solutions at the end of a microscope rather than a telescope. Using powerful analogies and exacting science, Bioverse explores the wonders of the perpetual partnership between our personal cells and the microbial world, resulting in an entirely new view of our living planet.

To understand life in all its varieties, we must undertake to understand our cells. While the partnership between our cells and our microbes has largely been thought of as that of “host” and “guest,” Millerrevealsthetrue partnership under which both our microbial fraction and our own personal cells conduct a life-long dialogue, redefining our traditional conceptions of intelligence and problem-solving. This radical new approach explains exactly how our human choices are centered within the same cellular rules that enable our cells to seamlessly sustain our lives.

We are now entering the “Era of the Cell,” a time in history during which medical and scientific innovations have spurred growth far beyond ever imagined by our ancestors. For the first time, we are not only building machines to enhance our lives but engineering living organisms to assist our futures. From the biological origins of evolution to the invention of the compound microscope by a Dutch lens maker in the 17th century, to new research that reveals surprising links between our microbiome and our moods and behavior, and surprising stories of the cellular world from the deepest oceans, wildest jungles, and outer reaches of our solar system, Millerintroduces readers to a greater understanding of our impact on the planet and the world’s reciprocal impact on each of us.

By exploring the extent of our deeply integrated cellular world, Bioverse provides profound insights about ourselves, our health and well-being, our social systems, and our permanent relationship to the planet and the cosmos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633887992
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2022
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

William B. Miller, Jr. M.D., is a consultant and science writer specializing on the microbiome. After a career in practicing medicine, Dr. Miller became fascinated by evolution upon seeing Sue, a T-Rex skeleton housed in the Chicago Field Museum. Since then, Dr. Miller has become a leading expert in the field of evolutionary biology as the developer of Cognition-Based Evolution, publishing scores of peer-reviewed papers, hundreds of online articles, and books including The Microcosm Within. More recently, a docuseries based on his forthcoming popular science book for general readers, Bioverse, is in development.

Table of Contents

1 As Above, So Below: The Cosmic Dimension 1

2 The Birth of a New Epoch 11

3 Everything Has a Beginning 19

4 The Quantum Realm 25

5 Life's Building Blocks 31

6 Kick-Starter 47

7 Life's Basics … No Matter Its Start 55

8 The Cellular Connectome 71

9 And Our Cells Make Us 83

10 The Surprising Scope of the Human Microbiome 99

11 My Microbes Made Me Do It 109

12 That Was Then: Medical Miseries Yield to New Hope 119

13 This Is Now: New Weapons 125

14 You Are the Environment 137

15 Your Ancestors Shaped Your Microbiome 143

16 Our Long Battle against Infectious Disease 151

17 Our Metabolism Connects to Our Modern Microbiome 159

18 Cultivating an Optimized Microbiome for Your Better Health 175

19 "Nature versus Nurture": Sex and Birthing 181

20 Are You as Smart as a Microbe? 191

21 The Cell Harnessed to Humankind 201

22 Cellular Harmonies: Human Behavior and Our Cells 215

23 Interconnected Ecologies 229

24 Cellular Space-Time 241

Conclusion: It's Not All about You 251

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 265

Index 305

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