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Germs, Genes, and Bacteria: How They Influence Modern Life (Collection)

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Breakthrough bioscience and its implications: 3 extraordinary boks take you to the cutting edge of biology, genetics, evolution, and human health

Three remarkable books take you to the cutting edge of biology, genetics, evolution, and human health — explaining the newest science, and revealing its incredible implications! Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today reveals how microbes have shaped our health, genetics, history, culture, politics, religion and ethics… and how they’re shaping our future right now. Allies and Enemies: How the World Depends on Bacteria offers an even closer look at humans’ intimate partnership with bacteria… how they keep you alive, how they can kill you, and how we can all live together happily in peace. Finally, in It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick, Greg Gibson explains today’s explosion in chronic disease through a revolutionary new hypothesis: our genome is out of equilibrium with itself, its environment, and modern culture.

From world-renowned leaders in science and science journalism, includingDavid Clark, Anne Maczulak, and Greg Gibson

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today
    1. Copyright Page
    2. Contents
    3. Preface
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. About the Author
    6. 1. Introduction: our debt to disease
    7. 2. Where did our diseases come from?
    8. 3. Transmission, overcrowding, and virulence
    9. 4. Water, sewers, and empires
    10. 5. Meat and vegetables
    11. 6. Pestilence and warfare
    12. 7. Venereal disease and sexual behavior
    13. 8. Religion and tradition: health below or heaven above?
    14. 9. Manpower and slavery
    15. 10. Urbanization and democracy
    16. 11. Emerging diseases and the future
    17. Further Reading
    18. Index
  3. Allies and Enemies: How the World Depends on Bacteria
    1. Copyright Page
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. About the Author
    4. Contents
    5. Introduction
    6. 1. Why the world needs bacteria
    7. 2. Bacteria in history
    8. 3. “Humans defeat germs!” (but not for long)
    9. 4. Bacteria in popular culture
    10. 5. An entire industry from a single cell
    11. 6. The invisible universe
    12. 7. Climate, bacteria, and a barrel of oil
    13. Epilogue: How microbiologists grow bacteria
    14. Resources for learning more about bacteria
    15. Bacteria rule references
    16. Index
  4. It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick
    1. Copyright Page
    2. Dedication Page
    3. Contents
    4. Praise for It Takes a Genome
    5. Preface: How a genetic culture clash with modern life is making us sick
    6. 1. The adolescent genome
    7. 2. Breast cancer’s broken genes
    8. 3. Not so thrifty diabetes genes
    9. 4. Unhealthy hygiene
    10. 5. Genetic AIDS
    11. 6. Generating depression
    12. 7. The alzheimer’s generation
    13. 8. Genetic normality
    14. Notes
    15. About the author
    16. Index