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ISBN-13 9780132598361ISBN-10 0132598361
ISBN-10 0137015461ISBN-13 9780137015467
Author(s): Anne Maczulak
Publisher: FT Press
Copyright year: © 2011 Pages: 224

Self-sufficient, invisible, mysterious, deadly — and absolutely essential for all life, including you. They’re the Earth’s bacteria, and they’ve been here for four billion years. No other living thing combines 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. We’re hopelessly outnumbered by bacteria: there are at least ten times as many bacterial cells in and on your body as there are human cells. They’re our partners, like it or not, even though some of them will happily kill us. Allies and Enemies: How the World Depends on Bacteria  tells the story of the amazing, intimate partnership. Authored by Anne Maczulak, a microbiologist who’s hunted and worked with an extraordinary array of bacteria, it offers a powerful new perspective on Earth’s oldest creatures. You’ll discover how bacteria work, how they evolve, their surprising contributions and uses, and the roles they’ve played in human history. No form of life is more important and in Anne Maczulak’s hands, no form of life is more fascinating.