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The germ code : how to stop worrying and love the microbes

Author: Jason Tetro
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Since the dawn of the human race, germs have been making us sick. Whether the ailment is a cold, the flu, diabetes, obesity or certain cancers, the likely cause is germs. Our ancient enemies have four families - bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa - and many names: Ebola, E. coli, salmonella, norovirus, gonorrhea. . . Human beings are engaged in a "war on germs," in which we develop ever-more sophisticated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Ouvrages de vulgarisation
Additional Physical Format: Tetro, Jason, author.
Germ code.
(CaOONL)20139030794
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Tetro
ISBN: 9780385678537 0385678533
OCLC Number: 845506660
Description: xvi, 256 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Cracking the germ code --
A war we cannot win --
Every crowd has a germy lining --
Germs love lovers --
The sneeze that went around the world --
A pandemic state of mind --
Campying in the jungle --
The rat that does not fear the cat --
The germ code strikes back --
Germ scene investigation --
The germ economy --
Don't panic.
Responsibility: Jason Tetro.

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"Since the dawn of the human race, germs have been making us sick. Whether the ailment is a cold, the flu, diabetes, obesity or certain cancers, the likely cause is germs. Our ancient enemies have four families - bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa - and many names: Ebola, E. coli, salmonella, norovirus, gonorrhea. . . Human beings are engaged in a "war on germs," in which we develop ever-more sophisticated weapons and defensive strategies. But it is a war we can never win. Our best plan for staying as healthy is to choose our battles carefully, and try to co-exist with germs as best we can. The Germ Code is a wise, witty and wonderfully readable guide to our relationship with these infinitesimal but infinitely powerful creatures. Microbiologist Jason Tetro takes us outside the lab and shows the enormous influence of germs upon humanity's past, present and future. He unlocks the mysteries of "the germ code" to reveal how these organisms have exploited our every activity and colonized every corner of the earth. From his own research and personal experience, Tetro relates how the most recent flu pandemic happened, how others may have been averted and how more may come about if we aren't careful. He also explains that not every germ is our foe, and offers advice on harnessing the power of good germs to stay healthy and make our planet a better place."--Publisher.

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