I Contain Multitudes The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes It s an entire world a colony full of life In other words you contain multitudes These microscopic companions sculpt our organs protect us fr

  • Title: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • Author: Ed Yong
  • ISBN: 9781847923288
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes It s an entire world, a colony full of life In other words, you contain multitudes.These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth.In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyesYour body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes It s an entire world, a colony full of life In other words, you contain multitudes.These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth.In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and as thriving ecosystems.We learn the invisible and wondrous science behind the corals that construct mighty reefs and the squid that create their own light shows We see how bacteria can alter our response to cancer fighting drugs, tune our immune system, influence our evolution, and even modify our genetic make up And we meet the scientists who are manipulating these microscopic partners to our advantage.In a million tiny ways, I Contain Multitudes will radically change how you think about the natural world, and how you see yourself.

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    1. You’ve got company.Carol Anne Freeling was certainly right when she said, “They’re hee-ur,” well maybe not enraged spirits, but there are certainly plenty of entities present to which we have paid insufficient attention. Maybe Regan MacNeil was closer to the mark in proclaiming “We are legion.”When Orson Welles said “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone,” he was mistaken. Even when we are alone, we are never alone. We exist in symbiosis—a wonderful term that refers t [...]

    2. Well, I will never think of bacteria and archaea the same. I certainly have a newfound understanding of just how vital it is to every part of life. That microbes and bacteria have helped shape our planet for billions of years, down to every single flora and fauna; even all the oxygen we breath has come from bacteria. I also never really thought about the microbes that are constantly around us and even on me, or how many you are "seeding" to the world. That"every person aerosolises 37 million bac [...]

    3. This is a fascinating book about the microbes inside all of us, and inside other animals as well. Now, it is often said that there are ten times as many bacteria in our bodies as there are cells. This, it turns out, is probably an over-estimate; the number of bacteria is probably in the same ballpark as the number of cells. But still, that is a lot!This book goes into detail about the amazing partnerships--the symbioses--between microbes and large organisms, mostly animals and humans. Microbes a [...]

    4. I liked this book so I am giving it three stars. It is common knowledge today that everything and all of us are covered with microbes - that some are good and some are bad. Their number can be debated. We have in the past been fixated on getting rid of them. This has been to our detriment. It is clear we have gone too far. Antibiotics are good and necessary, but at the same time they must be used with care. In heedlessly wiping out microbes, we have created an environment where pathogens prolife [...]

    5. Recently I've been hearing reports of miracle cures of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by use of fecal matter transplants. Also I've heard that some autoimmune diseases may be caused by environments that are too clean. Upon hearing these things the question that comes to my mind is, why this new found enthusiasm for microorganisms? We've known about bacteria since Louis Pasteur. So why all this new information about microbes as if it was something new? (Actually we learn in this book that Antonie [...]

    6. Though we might lather our skin with antibacterial soap, clean our hands with alcohol sanitizers, gargle with mouthwash, scrub our kitchen surfaces, disinfect our bathrooms, spray Lysol all over the house, take antibiotics, etc there are - and always will be - microbes everywhere. This is especially true of our warm moist bodies - which are covered inside and out with microorganismsd this is a good thing.In fact our bodies are really an indivisible aggregate of 'our' tissues and organsd the micr [...]

    7. A fascinating topic poorly served by the conventions of popular science writing.Ed Yong's book is about microbes--bacteria, mostly, but also viruses and few other extremely small creatures--and how they live with other organisms--humans for the most part, with plenty of other animals, too, though no plants.It has Darwinian ambitions, announced in its subtitle: "A Grander View of Life" evokes Darwin's famous phrase closing the first edition of "On the Origin of Species": "There is grandeur in thi [...]

    8. You may think that we are just made from muscles, blood cells, bones and a fair bit of DNA, but in between the gaps are microbes. Billions and billions of them. There are the odd rogue ones, but most of them are useful and make up an essential element of our being. Without them we could not live. They help us in countless ways, sculpting our organs, protecting us from disease and feeding and nourishing us; our gut contains a complete ecosystem that ensure that we extract all the energy we need.M [...]

    9. This is a fun read!Each one of us is a microbiome, with billions of bacteria literally on every bit of our skin and hair. Inside our bodies and in our cells, we have even more interesting little microscopic monsters. Plus, we share these little bugs with everyone we meet, especially the people we live with. If you have a dog, the volume of bacteria in your home increases exponentially. If, gentle reader, you are now scratching and twitching, may I suggest getting a copy of 'I Contain Multitudes' [...]

    10. You are what you eat. You eat what you are.What you aren't eats you and other things that aren't you, but are in you.I am legion.

    11. “Forget Orson Welles, and heed Walt Whitman: “I am large, I contain multitudes.”“'Each animal is an ecosystem with legs,' says John Rawls."“As palaeontologist Andrew Knoll once said, 'Animals might be evolution's icing, but bacteria are really the cake.'"Yep, Ed Yong knows how to salt and pepper his writing with some good quotes. He also pens some wonderful great-for-quoting prose himself: "It's estimated that every human contains 100 trillion microbes, most of which live in our guts. [...]

    12. Ed Yong is a London-based science writer for The Atlantic and is part of National Geographic’s blogging network. I had trouble believing that I Contain Multitudes is his first book; it’s so fluent and engaging that it immediately draws you into the microbial world and keeps you marveling at its strange yet fascinating workings. Yong writes like a journalist rather than a scientist, and that’s a good thing: with an eye to the average reader, he uses a variety of examples and metaphors, inte [...]

    13. First of all, kudos for an excellent title, referencing the poetry of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. It is not the only literary reference and I truly appreciate that in a science writer.Yong gives the feeling of being on a safari, observing exotic wildlife. He makes single-celled organisms as interesting as wildebeest and lions. We have come a long way in understanding this part of the ecosystem, and we have miles to go before we perfect that knowledge.The microorganisms were here first. All [...]

    14. This was an excellent eye opener into the world of microbiomes and how they shape our world.We are just a vessel for them. They are the real dominant species on this planet. We live with them, we provide for them adn they work with us. The examples given in this book are really interesting, but what really blows my mind is how we can now start using them to improve the way we live and improve our planet.

    15. I love Ed Yong's articles and I wanted to read this book since I heard it was coming out.Microbiom is a fascinating subject and he does a good job of giving background information, explaining the background work and giving interesting examples. So overall I enjoyed reading it.The reason for only three stars: the books structure is not great. He talks about an issue and revisits it again and again. It is lacking the flow, and feels like he is visiting the same points over and over again. I assume [...]

    16. This book is jam-packed with tons of information about the recently uncovered world of microbes. Considering how many books about microbes are popping up, I was skeptical at first, but it quickly became apparent that this book was based on nothing but the best science available on the subject. Just like the Sonnenburgs' book Gut, I contain Multitudes focused on what we know about microbes and was very clear about the lack of evidence when speculating. The researchers cited by Yong are the best i [...]

    17. My favorite popular science book of the past few years. I think it certainly deserves to be mentioned aside Elizabeth Kolbert's Sixth Extinction, Song of the Dodo, etc. I read a fair amount about biology and practiced it in the field (albeit in a wildly different specialty) and I was still shocked by some of the work going on in microbial bio today. Can't recommend it enough, for people interested in science and certainly for science fiction writers.

    18. Reading a straight pop-science book is a nice change, and even better when the book covers super-interesting material, as Ed Yong’s I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life does. Where Yong lays bare research into inter-species cooperation that’s changing scientist’s views about natural selection. In the classic evolutionary/ biological view, it’s “us” against “the world.” Life is a struggle, red in tooth and claw. While that is true, it ignores tha [...]

    19. Uma revisão bem ponderada sobre as descobertas recentes do microbioma humano (e não só humano). O Ed Yong é um escritor de ciência de mão cheia, tranquilamente um dos melhores da atualidade, que entre outras coisas bloga no Not Exactly Rocket Science, da NatGeo. Este é o primeiro livro dele (pelo que sei) e já acerta de mão cheia. Bem humorado, bem explicado, bastante acessível e atualizado. Na minha opinião, o livro definitivo para se ler sobre microbioma humano e os efeitos que as b [...]

    20. Utterly fascinating. Review to come, once I pick up the pieces of my brain and assemble some coherent thoughts.

    21. A Most Engrossing Exploration of the Microbial Organisms Which Lurk Within UsEchoing Charles Darwin's concluding paragraph in the first edition of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" in its subtitle, noted science journalist Ed Yong's "I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life" is an exceptional, quite riveting, account explaining how bacteria and other microbes have played - and continue to play - important roles in shaping the course of the history of life on our [...]

    22. I Contain Multitudesis an enjoyable and informative book that takes a look at how microbes live, where microbes live and their interactions with other species, including humans. This book contains many interesting scientific findings and microbial interactions - such as worms that don't have a mouth and don't need to eat; parasitic wasps with antibiotic antennae goo; viruses inside bacteria inside a bug; bacteria that influence which bugs get to breed; the effects of your microbial ecosystem in [...]

    23. Intriguing. Excellent writing, fascinating topic. All the science. So much science. I mean, it's really good. Really sciencey. Worldview, changed. All the knowledge. But but really, and I say this with the greatest respect, what I'm mostly taking away from this is THERE ARE TINY THINGS EVERYWHERE. I mean I knew this. Or at least, I kind of knew this, but I didn't know HOW MUCH this. Like like really. You couldn't even eat food without them. And fish couldn't have fishy sex without them. Or somet [...]

    24. This fascinating and informative book by the acclaimed British science writer Ed Yong explores the symbiotic relationships between microorganisms and more advanced life forms, including humans, and how these beneficial and sometimes harmful interactions affect our bodies' health and ability to function effectively, and the features that allow pathogenic species to colonize and infect us. Yong describes historical studies of these relationships, along with current research that could potentially [...]

    25. This is by far the best science book I've yet to have the pleasure of reading. Infectiously fun, charming, instructive, and a fascinating foray into the brave (old) world of the microbiome and beyond.

    26. If you’ve already read books like Martin Blaser’s Missing Microbes, a lot of this info won’t be new to you. However, Ed Yong’s enthusiasm and wider range — dipping into the microbes of other animals and even insects — is a joy. He also provides a counterpoint to some of Blaser’s more hysterical ideas about the loss of microbes. He agrees that microbes are important, and that our relationships with them are complex. But he doesn’t accept that we’re totally doomed. There’s tons [...]

    27. This was cruising along at a pleasant 4 stars, but I had to bump it up when I got to the penultimate chapter. Here, the microbiomania was tempered by words of caution and foresight. For example, the lack of evidence that the lactic acid-producing bacteria survive the digestive track or even influence resident gut microbe communities, (most “probiotics” are mostly hype) while the bugs that HAVE shown clinical effects (e.g. in mice) should be wielded with much caution given that they are preci [...]

    28. A super interesting topic discussed with humor, but the book seemed to meander directionless often, and I had to take off a star for the distractingly poor line editing.

    29. This book was extremely interesting. I was compelled by it being in the field. The definition of microbiome and what bacteria are to us humans was extremely fascinating. I was following the book with the audio version; it really does read like someone talking to you about interesting little creatures that make us up as well as our entire world! The writing was awesome, very easy to read for those who are not into microbiology or animals. It’s definitely not a boring read, and I learned a lot f [...]

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