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New Book: "Small Wonders - How Microbes Rule Our World"
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 Posted: Wed Nov 25th, 2009 14:09


Not sure if this is the best forum for this post but I happened to listen to a broadcast on our ABC (Australia's' public broadcaster) that discussed bacteria and especially bacteria that live in biofilms to the effect that these guys (regrettably) are quite smart.

This is the link -



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 Posted: Thu Dec 10th, 2009 07:19


I found this book in my local public library under a variant title:

The Invisible Kingdom:  from the tips of our fingers to the tops of our trash, inside the curious world of microbes.  New York, Basic Books, 2009.  ISBN 978046501887 or 0465018874.

The author is witty and it is a fantastic voyage to the microscopic, but massively influential world of microbiology.  A fast read, too.


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 Posted: Wed Dec 30th, 2009 22:10


Hi all--I have been on a quest to educate myself on the basics of microbiology so that I can understand more of the science and great stuff being posted here.
So, one of the Christmas presents I unwrapped this year guessed it: Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule The World

This is truly a "delightful little book" packed full of a surprisingly entertaining explanation of all things microbiological for all of us perfectly normal people who don't spend our lives looking through a microscope.

I don't know why it is more expensive than might be normal for a paperback of this size, but I'm glad my DH splurged on it and put it under the tree.

Take a look at the first 7 pages on the "look inside" option here at the amazon link:
Small Wonders...
This "look inside" option is on a very similar book by the same author. The first pages are almost identical to the ones in "Small Wonders..." I'm guessing that if you don't want to spend the extra money, the other one is probably equally good.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 31st, 2009 02:13


Thanks for the heads up on this book Sherry and Marysue!  I checked out the Look Inside and decided to get a copy of this book!  It looks like a nice introduction to microbes. 

Happy New Year!  :D

Last edited on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 02:15 by ChrisMavo

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 Posted: Thu Feb 25th, 2010 06:31


Dr Trevor Marshall wrote: Joyful wrote: Nitric oxide is produced within macrophages to use against pathogens.
Which is why we look to see the BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) rising early in MP therapy, and why the sweat so often smells of ammonia :)

Nitric Oxide Synthesis is Modulated by 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 and Interferon-γ in Human Macrophages after Mycobacterial Infection

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