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Biography of a Germ

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Author: Arno Karlen

Arno Karlen, author of Man and Microbes, focuses on a single bacterium in Biography of a Germ, giving us an intimate view of a life that has been shaped by and is in turn transforming our own.

Borrelia burgdorferi is the germ that causes Lyme disease. In existence for some hundred million years, it was discovered only recently. Exploring its evolution, its daily existence, and its journey from ticks to mice to deer to humans, Karlen lucidly examines the life and world of this recently prominent germ. He also describes how it attacks the human body, and how by changing the environment, people are now much more likely to come into contact with it. Charming and thorough and smart, this book is a wonderfully written biography of your not so typical biographical subject.

The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein might say that if a microbe could talk, we couldn't understand it, but psychoanalyst and science writer Arno Karlen has done his best to listen and translate in Biography of a Germ. This lovely, funny, even endearing portrait of Borrelia burgdorferi (or Bb), the screwy bacterium that causes Lyme disease, would charm even a terminal mysophobe like Howard Hughes. Unfortunately, Karlen has to justify his topic at greater length than do most biographers, but his reasoning is nearly lyrical in its enthusiasm for the microscopic. Following the genealogy of the germ back to our common ancestor (gulp) and beyond, the author finds a freshness in what we too often see as dry taxonomy and genetics. From there, he watches Bb as it makes its way through the circulation superhighways of deer, ticks, and hikers, each a stop on its complex life cycle.

We elbowed our way into Bb's story comparatively recently, ironically hurting ourselves as we renewed our appreciation of and commitment to wilderness areas. As we destroyed, then created habitat for deer, we ended up inviting Bb to run amok in our bodies. Karlen captures the beauty and terror of this bizarre chain of events, providing new insights into our relationship with our environment. Much like its cousins that live harmlessly in our bloodstream, eyelashes, and guts, this tickborne germ will eventually evolve a truce with us to protect its reproduction. Unfortunately for current and future sufferers of Lyme disease, we're quite a few generations away from that happy time. While we're waiting, we can read Biography of a Germ to learn more about our new tenants and why we should care about them. --Rob Lightner

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Mushrooms of North America

Mushrooms of North America Lowest new price: $61.01
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Author: Orson K Miller
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A Comprehensive Guide To Finding, Identifying And Collecting Edible Wild Mushrooms Second Printing Chanticleer Press Edition; Includes Dust Jacket


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The Fermented Vegetables Manual: Enjoy Krauts, Pickles, and Kimchis to Improve Skin, Health, and Happiness

The Fermented Vegetables Manual: Enjoy Krauts, Pickles, and Kimchis to Improve Skin, Health, and Happiness Lowest new price: $12.62
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Author: Tracy Huang

Discover How to Improve Skin, Health, and Happiness with a Science-Based Approach to Enjoying Fermented Vegetables the Right Way

Are you currently suffering from gastrointestinal issues, depression, lack of energy, poor immunity, weight gain, or skin problems? Did you know that fermented foods can actually help you address these problems and improve your overall health? Would you like scientific proof that reveals the incredible health benefits of fermented foods? Wouldn’t it be nice that you can look and feel better simply by adding these easy-to-make foods into your diet?

This book, The Fermented Vegetables Manual, gives you the science and big picture to help you understand the relationship between fermentation and your health; it also gives you a complete and detailed guide to properly and quickly make your first batch of fermented vegetables with easy-to-follow recipes and instructions. You can have your first batch ready in as little as three days. The book also shares tips on how to enjoy your fermented vegetables in fun and creative ways.

You Will Discover:
  • Why eating fermented foods can lift up your mood.
  • What fermented foods to eat to lose weight, renew energy, and heal acne.
  • How to drastically improve your overall health by healing your gut.
  • How I debunk myths regarding your concerns with fermentation.
  • A fast lane to mastering vegetable fermentation even with zero experience.
  • How to make your first batch in five minutes and start enjoying them in three days.
  • Common mistakes to avoid to guarantee success.
  • Secrets of making flavorful, crunchy, and juicy fermented vegetables.
  • Quick and easy foolproof recipes.
  • Fun ideas to introduce fermented vegetables into your daily life.
You Will Also Learn:
  • Why bacteria are your friends and allies that make sure you look good and feel great.
  • Why improving your gut health is a must for preventing diseases.
  • How to improve digestion and strengthen immunity by cultivating two types of microbial communities.
  • The importance of combining nutritional science and traditional food wisdom for optimal health.
Who Should Read This Book?
  • The cautious: if you are curious but skeptical about vegetable fermentation and want science and proof to justify this practice, this book will give you reassurance.
  • The pragmatic: if you look to natural food to get healthy, look good, and feel great, this book shows you why fermented foods can help improve your health, skin, and happiness.
  • The busy: if you want to live healthy but don’t’ have a lot of time to cook or don’t know how to get started, you will receive time-saving tips in the book.
  • The health-conscious: if you are already making healthy choices and always look for more to add to your life, this book will teach you how to have more fun with vegetables.
  • The GAPS diet community: if you are currently learning about or following the GAPS diet, this book will further your understanding of why you should eat fermented foods.
Supporting Resources:
  • Trusted science-backed sources to ferment vegetables properly (expert interviews included)
  • A spreadsheet to take control of your progress
  • Chapter summaries to save your time
  • Homework to help you reflect and take actions
  • Downloadable checklists to keep handy
  • Step-by-step visual instructions on making all kinds of fermented vegetables
  • FAQs
  • Convenient access to recommended fermentation starter kit
  • A list of 20 (and counting) other resources on food safety, creative and fun recipes, promoting health, and more
  • Ongoing support
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Bergey's Manual® of Systematic Bacteriology: Volume Two: The Proteobacteria, Part A Introductory Essays (Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology (Springer-Verlag))

Bergey's Manual® of Systematic Bacteriology: Volume Two: The Proteobacteria, Part A Introductory Essays (Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology (Springer-Verlag)) Lowest new price: $37.57
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Includes introductory chapters on classification of prokaryotes, the concept of bacterial species, numerical and polyphasic taxonomy, bacterial nomenclature and the etymology of prokaryotic names, nucleic acid probes and their application in environmental microbiology, culture collections, and the intellectual property of prokaryotes. The first Road Map to the prokaryotes is included as well as an overview of the phylogenetic backbone and taxonomic framework for prokaryotic systematics.


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Sulfur Metabolism in Phototrophic Organisms (Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration)

Sulfur Metabolism in Phototrophic Organisms (Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration) Lowest new price: $65.87
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Sulfur is one of the most versatile elements in life. This book provides, for the first time, in-depth and integrated coverage of the functions of sulfur in phototrophic organisms including bacteria, plants and algae. It bridges gaps between biochemistry and cellular biology of sulfur in these organisms, and of biology and environments dominated by them. The book therefore provides a comprehensive overview of plant sulfur relations from genome to environment.


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A Morel Hunter's Companion: A Guide to True and False Morels

A Morel Hunter's Companion: A Guide to True and False Morels Lowest new price: $77.06
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Author: Nancy Smith Weber
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Book by Weber, Nancy Smith


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Fundamentals of Cheese Science

Fundamentals of Cheese Science Lowest new price: $164.45
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Author: Patrick F. Fox

This book provides comprehensive coverage of the scientific aspects of cheese, emphasizing fundamental principles. The book's updated 22 chapters cover the chemistry and microbiology of milk for cheesemaking, starter cultures, coagulation of milk by enzymes or by acidification, the microbiology and biochemistry of cheese ripening, the flavor and rheology of cheese, processed cheese, cheese as a food ingredient, public health and nutritional aspects of cheese, and various methods used for the analysis of cheese. The book contains copious references to other texts and review articles.

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Bacteria and Bayonets: The Impact of Disease in American Military History

Bacteria and Bayonets: The Impact of Disease in American Military History Lowest new price: $19.40
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Author: David Petriello

For hundreds of years men have fought and died to expand and protect the United States relying on martial skill and patriotism. Various powerful enemies, from the British to the Nazis, and legendary individuals including Tecumseh and Robert E. Lee have all fallen before the arms of the American soldier. Yet the deadliest enemy faced by the nation, one which killed more soldiers than all of its foes combined, has been both unrecognized and unseen. The war waged by the United States against disease, and by disease against the United States, has impacted the country more than any other conflict and continues to present a terrible threat to this day.

Illness has been more than just a historical cause of casualties for the American military, in numerous wars it has helped to decide battles, drive campaigns, and determine strategy. In fact the Patriots owed pestilence as much for their victory in the Revolution as they did their own force of arms. Likewise disease helped to prevent the conquest of Canada in 1812, drove strategy in the Mexican War, handicapped Lee’s 1862 advance, and helped lead to World War II. Disease also provided an edge in the wars against Native Americans, yet just as soon turned on the US when unacclimated US troops were dispatched to the southern Pacific.

This book not only traces the path of disease in American military history but also recounts numerous small episodes and interesting anecdotes related to the history of illness. Overall it presents a compelling story, one that has been overlooked and under appreciated. Yellow fever, malaria, tuberculosis, glanders, bubonic plague, smallpox, and numerous other bacteria and viruses all conspired to defeat America, and are enemies that need to be recognized.

Table of Contents


One - Columbus Day or Contagion Day: Disease “Arrives” in America
Two - “Deus Flavit Nasus et Dissipati Sunt”: The Protestant Wind and the Catholic Flu
Three - Pocahontas and the Plague: The English and Disease in the Conquest of the Colonies
Four - “the Paths to Glory Lead but to the Grave”: Disease in the Early French and Indian Wars
Five - “Pestilence Gave them a Common Death”: Disease and the English Conquest of North America
Six - typhus and taxation: Disease and the American Revolution
Seven - A Nation Forged in Gout and expanded by Venereal Disease: A Medical Look at the Early Republic
Eight - Montezuma’s Revenge: Disease and Manifest Destiny
Nine - Johnny Dysentery and Billy typhus: Disease and the Civil War
Ten - Remember the maine, to Hell with Yellow Fever: Imperialism and Illness
Eleven - Love in the Age of Cholera, Warfare in the Age of typhoid: Progressivism and Pestilence
Twelve - Bullets, Bayonets, and Botulism: Biological Warfare in the Twentieth Century
Thirteen - Al-Qaeda, Anthrax, and America: Terrorism and Disease in Post-Cold War America


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Bacterial Metabolism (Springer Series in Microbiology)

Bacterial Metabolism (Springer Series in Microbiology) Lowest new price: $67.88
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Author: Gerhard Gottschalk
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This concise yet comprehensive text surveys the field of bacterial metabolism in terms useful to students and researchers. Emphasis is on those metabolic reactions occurring only in bacteria. Thus, the book describes in detail the energy metabolism of the various groups of bacteria. In addition, it examines pathways used by bacteria for the degradation of organic compounds, the synthesis of cellular constituents, the regulation of bacterial metabolism and the fixation of molecular nitrogen.

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Plasmids: A Practical Approach (Practical Approach Series)

Plasmids: A Practical Approach (Practical Approach Series) Lowest new price: $54.61
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This completely updated and revised second edition of Plasmids: A Practical Approach provides the researcher with detailed protocols for studying bacterial plasmids and for using plasmids and phagemids as vectors. With many new sections and protocols, it is the most up-to-date reference describing the techniques for the study of plasmid replication and maintenance, the fundamental methods for purifying plasmids and introducing them into cells, and the protocols for the mutagenesis and analysis of plasmid-encoded products. The book features further techniques for the study of plasmids and the use of plasmid vectors in such important groups of bacteria as animal and plant pathogens harboring virulence plasmids, Streptomyces, and lactococci. Plus, the book describes the use of plasmid composite vectors for expression of cDNA cloning, and much more. It is a invaluable reference for molecular biologists, microbiologists, and biotechnology researchers. It includes detailed protocols for studying bacterial plasmids and for using both plasmids and phagemids as vectors, techniques for studying fundamental aspects of plasmids, such as replication, are included, as well as methods for using plasmid vectors in important groups of bacteria. Also described are protocols for using phagemids, which are extremely useful tools for genetic engineering.

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