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I Contain Multitudes
I Contain Multitudes | Ed Yong
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You contain 10 trillion of your own cells, but harbour ten times as many microbes. You have around 23,000 genes, but the microbes inside you wield 100 times more. In short, you are microbes or, more flatteringly, microbes in a human-shaped sack. Microbes sculpt our organs, protect us from poisons, guide our behaviour and bombard us with their genes. But 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 what the world looks like when we know more about our inner ecosystems, our staggering multitudes, and the ground-breaking science behind them. We learn the secret, invisible, and wondrous biology behind the corals that construct mighty reefs, the beetles that bring down forests and the squid that create their own light shows. We learn how bacteria can alter our response to cancer-fighting drugs, influence sexual preference, affect mental health and even modify our genetic make-up. Through this new lens, all living things are suddenly connected. I Contain Multitudes will rearrange the way you think about science, and the way you think about yourself.
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Megabooks
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#7days7covers #covercrush #audiobookcovers Day 3

If anyone else would like to post a cover they find beautiful for the next 7 days (no explanation), please do. Lord knows we could use more beauty in the world!! 😊😊

Cinfhen Oh, nice cover 🤩 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks!! 1w
Beholderess Sounds like an interesting idea 1w
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BookishJess
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Reading this next. Hoping it‘s very readable for a science book.

Moray_Reads I loved this one. It's fascinating 2mo
LauraJ Very readable. 👍🏼 2mo
Megabooks It is! 2mo
BookishJess @Moray_Reads @LauraJ @Megabooks Good to hear! The topic is absolutely fascinating 2mo
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Plaidsticks
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Pickpick

So much to learn, so little time. #audiobook

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Eyelit
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#audiobaking is working for me. Although I will say my choice of book is slightly questionable for the venture... 🤣
Trying my hand at Mexican chocolate snickerdoodles - because I can‘t keep spending all my money at the vegan bakery that sells these. My attempts are not quite as pretty, but they are just as tasty imho! Gotta love Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar!

Peddler410 Have you read First Rule of Punk by Perez? Middle grade book — I‘m 90% sure these cookies are in that book 🙂 5mo
Eyelit @Peddler410 I haven‘t - but I just read the synopsis and it sounds awesome! Even cooler that it mentions vegan cookies as yummy as these 😃 5mo
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tracyrowanreads
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My reading has been all over the place lately. I've been reading a lot of graphic novels and a lot of short stories. Most notably: A People's Future History of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle.

But what I enjoyed most is the audiobook of I Contain Multitudes. It sent me out looking for information on bacteria and single-celled creatures and viruses, and mosses and lichens, and other small things. I really recommend it.

Daisey I truly enjoyed this one and want to listen to it again sometime. 6mo
Gezemice This one intrigues me and I want to read it, too! 6mo
tracyrowanreads @Daisey Same here 6mo
tracyrowanreads @Gezemice I found it fascinating. 6mo
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me_myshelf_and_i
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1 slip & fall on the ice + 1 fractured wrist = a prescription to stay in bed and read all day 🤷🏻‍♀️ #silverlining

ladyonequestion I like the appropriate medical looking book too! Get well soon tho x 7mo
Suet624 Oh no! I‘m so sorry. 7mo
Crazeedi Get well soon! Sending healing vibes😊😊😊 7mo
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PurpleyPumpkin Sorry about this! Hope your wrist heals quickly. 👍🏽 7mo
Naj So sorry about this. Hope you get well soon. 7mo
Bookwormjillk Oh no! I hope it‘s not your reading hand 😀 7mo
Redwritinghood The hazards of winter. I hope it‘s not too painful and heals quickly. 7mo
Laura317 Ouch! I‘m so sorry. Get well soon! 7mo
Kaye ♥️ 7mo
xicanti Boo ice. 😔 7mo
kezzlou85 Ouch. Hope it heals quickly. 💜 7mo
valeriegeary 😩😢 ouch ouch ouch!!! 7mo
hgrimes oh no!! Hope you‘re doing ok and recover quickly! 7mo
Purrfectpages Oh no! Hope the books make recovery go quicker! 7mo
Smrloomis Hope you recover quickly 😣🤞🏽 7mo
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Ed Yong has fast become one of my favorite science writers (right up there with Mary Roach). He doesn‘t just give you scientific facts until your brain hurts - he tells you a story of the science and never forgets to highlight the people behind the science. And he is writing a second book! If you enjoy science writing, definitely give him a try.

Chrissyreadit Nice! I had not heard of him- do you think physical book or audio better? 7mo
BooksAtNight @Chrissyreadit I listened to the audiobook and found it quite enjoyable! 7mo
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me_myshelf_and_i
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Saturday morning ritual - reading with my best little bud, Lump 😻📚

Erofan So cute 💕😻 7mo
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violabrain
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Pickpick

Fascinating and full of whimsy, despite being a science book. I loved it!

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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

Listened to this one on audiobook. Good narration but lots of clipped, corrected piecing together in parts.

Very interesting topic and fairly accessible. I did fast forward in some parts because it got a bit bogged down in places, but overall, a recommendation.

violabrain I‘m reading this right now! It‘s fascinating! 9mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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#TBRTuesday

Here‘s what I‘ve got going on this week. My dd had her wisdom teeth out today (all went well) and I hope I‘ll have lots of reading time as she rests and heals.

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violabrain
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I can‘t stop laughing about this! 😂😂 He is describing names of the different octopuses (octopi?) in a lab that studies symbiotic microorganisms. I just love that he indicated the gender of Yuk the Octopus by putting “Mr” in parentheses! 😂😍😂😍 This whole book is delightful so far. I‘m loving it!

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RealLifeReading
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Pickpick

An absolutely fascinating book. It wasn‘t as intimidating as I had thought it would be and I loved all the examples he brings in to illustrate his points. I never knew that microbes could be so interesting !

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RealLifeReading
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Making chocolate digestives for the first time while listening to this audiobook. I love chocolate digestives and was curious to see what homemade ones taste like
#audiobaking

Gezemice Yumm :) 12mo
LiteraryinLititz Pardon my ignorance, but is a digestive a word for a cookie/biscuit? They look delicious! 12mo
Bookzombie 🤤 12mo
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GypsyKat Nice! Let us know how they turn out! 12mo
Megabooks Great book! Enjoy the biscuits! 12mo
readordierachel Those look incredible! 12mo
marge108 Ok now I want digestives... 12mo
Jeg They look like they might be better than the store bought ones. Perhaps healthier too. 12mo
RealLifeReading @Gezemice they were! 12mo
RealLifeReading @LiteraryinLititz i think originally they thought this biscuit could aid digestion! This recipe is a biscuit made w whole wheat and oatmeal 12mo
RealLifeReading @megabooks this book is awesome 12mo
RealLifeReading @readordierachel they‘re yummy! 12mo
RealLifeReading @marge108 I adore digestives,chocolate or not 12mo
RealLifeReading @Jeg yes I think the store bought kinda use palm oil. This recipe used butter 12mo
GypsyKat Awesome, thanks! 12mo
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RealLifeReading
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Making some French bread this afternoon. #audiobaking

Cubanmommy95 Yummmm 12mo
Lcsmcat What time should we arrive? 😀 12mo
RealLifeReading @Lcsmcat hmmm in 4-5 hours! 😀 12mo
Laylafinn Yum yum 12mo
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RealLifeReading
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Making scrambled eggs at 630 on a Sunday while listening to this fascinating audiobook - he‘s currently talking about how certain probiotics can possibly help with depression and stress

Moray_Reads I enjoyed this one too, it's fascinating! 12mo
ephemeralwaltz Yum! 12mo
Cathythoughts The probiotics are meant to be powerful... do you make the kefir ?!!! 12mo
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CouronneDhiver Cute spatula! 😆 12mo
RealLifeReading @Moray_Reads it is so interesting! 12mo
RealLifeReading @ephemeralwaltz I love scrambled eggs 12mo
RealLifeReading @Cathythoughts I‘ve never really had kefir actually! 12mo
RealLifeReading @CouronneDhiver 😀 thanks! It‘s from Daiso (edited) 12mo
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RealLifeReading
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Thanks again for all your great nonfiction audiobook recommendations you guys! I decided to go with this one first! I had downloaded the sample and Yong had me at “pangolin”.

Daisey This book is fascinating! 12mo
LauraJ Loooooove this book. 12mo
Megabooks It‘s a great book! 12mo
RealLifeReading @Daisey @lauraj @Megabooks I can see why! I‘m so enjoying it! 12mo
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taraWritesSci
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1. Disney's The Little Mermaid
2. French Fries
3. Um, I'm not into any? Whatever ends up on SXM Alt Nation, Lithium, or Pulse channels when I'm driving to the grocery store.
4. I Contain Multitudes - Ed Yong (narrative nonfiction science about the microbiome that humans are, fascinating stuff!)
5. Will do!

#friYayIntro
Thank you @jesshowbooks these are always a fun way to kick off Friday!

TWMAuthor Airport with George Kennedy and favourite aeroplane the 747. Both chips and onion rings. Current read, my own work adding finishing touches. Music playlist from Vampire Diaries. Goodnight it's 4 am BB V-V! 13mo
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Moray_Reads
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Pickpick

I'm definitely on a non-fiction kick at the moment and this was an excellent addition. Fascinating, funny, a bit gross and a bit terrifying it hits that sweet spot between science, analysis and anecdote that just makes it fly by.

Oryx This was pretty fascinating. Really enjoyed this one 1y
Daisey I truly enjoyed this as an audiobook and have been thinking of listening to it again. 1y
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ElePoser
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Just visited San Diego Zoo. I thought of the opening pages of Ed Yong book “I contain multitudes” :)

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JessNevertheless
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Normally I'm a sucker for old, leather-bound hardcover classics, but the covers on these two modern non-fictions are just too delightful. #coverlove #readingresolutions @Jess7

LauraJ My two favorite books from last year! 1y
JessNevertheless @LauraJ Definitely two of my favorite non fiction reads too! 1y
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Effischer
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Weekend read #nonfiction

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tysephine
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Pickpick

What an amazing dive into the world of microbes! I learned so many interesting things about a part of the world that I've never given much thought about.

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bookwrm526
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Pickpick

This book is FASCINATING. I teach biology at a local college and the graduate students are reading this for one of their classes, so I decided to read along. I was familiar with some of the things he talked about, but a lot of it blew me away. It‘s very accessible, and I was glad to see that he was cautious in his treatment of microbiome medicine, as it is a promising but not yet fully realized field. Highly recommend!

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Becker
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I have a new respect for the humble bacteria. This book is packed with fascinating information. Dense but very readable.🤔

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Gabuchi
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Rainy Saturday Morning Read 📖

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CSeydel
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“By removing harmless bacteria that would otherwise impede the growth of pathogens, perhaps we have inadvertently constructed a more dangerous ecosystem. ... here‘s the irony: toilets that are cleaned too often are more likely to be covered in fecal bacteria.”

mcipher Ewwww! And now I feel less guilty. 😂 2y
CSeydel @mcipher 😂💩🚽 2y
Daisey This book is so fascinating!! 2y
Moray_Reads How often is too often?? 😱 2y
CSeydel @Moray_Reads Right? I‘m thinking multiple times per day? I guess it depends how often it‘s used. The idea is that you want time for skin bacteria to overtake the poop bacteria that get airborne from flushing. 2y
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CSeydel
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I loved this book!
Ed Yong is an absolutely inspiring writer. He creates fabulous images with his prose. He makes sometimes startling but usually apt analogies to bring scientific phenomena into familiar terms. He‘s attentive to nuance, careful to present exciting breakthroughs in the context of their limitations. Thoroughly readable, occasionally hilarious, every page was a delight.

#nonfiction2018
#litsyAtoZ
#mountTBRchallenge

JessNevertheless Loved this book!! One of my fav non fiction reads of 2017! 2y
CSeydel @JessNevertheless 🤘🏻I can‘t say enough good things. And, I got to meet Ed Yong & hear him talk about the book-writing process at the annual science writers‘ convention ☺️ 2y
JessNevertheless @CSeydel Me too! Well not at a science writers‘ convention although that sounds amazing!! He‘s a local author (DC) so I saw him at a talk a few months ago. Always love seeing people passionate about science writing! ⚗️🔬 2y
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EricaReads Excited to hear this! I have it and plan to read it this year! I LOVE science nonfiction 😍 2y
CSeydel @EricaReads you will love it! 2y
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CSeydel
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#nonfictionproblems

When your book has almost 100 pages of acknowledgements, endnotes, and bibliography, you get to chapter 9 (out of 10) and still only “57% done”. 😂

CSeydel Apologies that the first page of chapter 9 is uncharacteristically graphic! Yikes... 2y
JennAndrew @CSeydel 😂😂 That‘s so funny! Love that kind of inadvertent sharing! 😄 2y
Betty Eeeew, quite graphic. Maybe I'll swallow my pup's heart worm preventive pill 2y
readinginthedark This is why ebooks drive me crazy! 😕 2y
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LWagoner
Pickpick

“Microbes matter”- Fascinating Reading/ listening. This book checks all the geeky science boxes!

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CSeydel
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Well, here they are ... my #MountTBR stack. Shooting for a baker‘s dozen (the Agatha Christie volume is 3 full novels). Not pictured: I Contain Multitudes, on my e-reader. Some of these have lingered on my shelf for over a decade; some came home with me just last December. One is borrowed from a friend and I PROMISE to get it back to her this year!

#mountTBRchallenge #nonfiction2018

Gezemice Great stack! I just finished The Emperor of All Maladies, it is amazing. 2y
Cinfhen Great reading ahead!!! 2y
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xicanti
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Pickpick

What a fascinating book! I learned a ton about this ever-evolving branch of science, and Yong's enthusiasm for the material coupled with narrator Charlie Anson's performance ensured I made extra time to listen to it.

One thing: Yong's discussion of microbes and autism felt off to me, but this is an area where I'm still learning. Can anyone who's read the book and is more knowledgable re: autism issues than I am weigh in?

Megabooks Ooo...I read and enjoyed the book, but as a veterinarian, I can‘t speak about autism in kids. I do know there is a lot of emerging science on almost every condition and the gut-brain axis. 2y
xicanti @Booksandcooks it felt to me like he highlighted research into "cures" for autism, which I understood was an offensive way to look at it. It's possible I misunderstood, though, and there WAS a disclaimer tacked onto the end of that segment. 2y
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xicanti
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I did another puzzle so I'd have an excuse to listen to I CONTAIN MULTITUDES. It's so frickin good. #audiopuzzling

Mimi28 Ooooooo!!! 😍😍😍 2y
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xicanti
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This book is great! I made a start on it while I did the first of my Christmas puzzles. #audiopuzzling

Rcoco Are you listening to it? The British accent is kinda throwing me. It‘s like I have to concentrate too much :) 2y
RebelReader Love the puzzle! 2y
xicanti @Rcoco I am, but I'm loving the narrator's performance. I find he really brings Yong's enthusiasm for the material to life. 2y
xicanti @RebelReader I got three by the same company and the colours are so vibrant! 2y
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xicanti
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Okay, I CONTAIN MULTITUDES; you're my last-ever Hoopla audiobook. Do NOT make me regret the credit I spent on you.

TheKidUpstairs I've heard good things! 2y
xicanti @TheKidUpstairs me, too! And I want to read (or listen to) more science writing. 2y
dastevensish My husband loved it...but then he does have a rather large crush on Ed Yong... 2y
xicanti @dastevensish it's awesome so far. Good taste, husband! 2y
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JessNevertheless
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Just finished my last book of December and the year! Happily, I Contain Multitudes was also a 5 star read for me 😊 Although I read less books than November, 1Q84 really bumped up my page count for the month so I‘m pretty pleased overall. Final year end numbers to follow!

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JessNevertheless
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Maybe not the best book to read with dinner but it is fascinating! #newyearsreadathon #lastreadof2017

CocoReads Ha! Your dinner looks delicious though! 2y
JessNevertheless Thanks @CocoReads! It was despite the reading material :) 2y
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SnowEcho
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You think you understand symbiosis in its basic form but Ed Yong turns whatever you think on its head. He paints a picture of warring factions, tricking each other to survive and procreate - and when we least expect it, one side turns that symbiosis into dysbiosis and then all is lost - or is it?

it's a fascinating read despite lacking great organization. It will change the way you think about how your entire world interacts and moves forward.

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BooksAtNight
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I LOVED this fascinating book on how the microbes all around us interact with their parents. Yong takes us through a short history of microbiology and also chooses several interesting cases to dive into. There is a good balance of science and storytelling so that i was never bored. #WellcomePrizeNominee

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theshrinkette
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This is a fascinating book on microbes in our bodies, that of other animals, and the world around us, and how they interact. Yong does a good job breaking down the hard science for the masses.

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theshrinkette
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Y'all...why am I listening to a book about microbes? More importantly, why can't I stop listening to a book about microbes?!

balletbookworm That book is so good! 2y
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jdtchicago

Since the 1970s, a trickle of studies have shown that any kind of stress – starvation, sleeplessness, being separated from one‘s mother, the sudden arrival of an aggressive individual, uncomfortable temperatures, overcrowding, even loud noises – can change a mouse‘s gut microbiome. The opposite is also true: the microbiome can affect a host‘s behaviour, including its social attitudes and its ability to deal with stress.

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jdtchicago

The brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii is another puppetmaster. It can only sexually reproduce in a cat; if it gets into a rat, it suppresses the rodent‘s natural fear of cat odours and replaces it with something more like sexual attraction. The rodent scurries towards nearby cats, with fatal results, and T. gondii gets to complete its life cycle.

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jdtchicago

So females, by mating with the right partners, can suddenly become immune to wasp attacks, which makes Hamiltonella that rarest of things: a desirable venereal infection.

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Nebklvr
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A very intriguing and engaging book but packed full of complex information on many different species. I will need to revisit.

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Sfbeavers
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For the #24in48 readathon I finished this book, started #TheGatekeepers about White House chiefs of staff, and listened to #BarbarianDays on Audible. I think I totaled about 8 hours. It was fun!

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CoffeeK8
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Technically not reading at the moment, but I am overwhelmed by this rainbow! 💖

CoverToCoverGirl Beautiful thanks for sharing 😎 2y
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CoffeeK8
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Today's audio-walk. Very interesting book so far!

Erika13137 What a great idea to listen to an audio book while walking. I've been looking for ways to get into audio books and that might be perfect way to start. 👍 2y
CoffeeK8 @Erika13137 I usually listen while walking or cleaning... I don't listen to many, I'm picky about the narrator. 2y
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Dolly
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I love reading about medicine and science but this was borderline too technical for me. I did, however, glean some fascinating info. Wasn't able to give it 💯% of my attention so that didn't help.

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silentrequiem
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I helped a friend weed his yard, then went to Home Depot for supplies, weeded MY yard, potted plants, set the twist on two skeins of handspun (now drying on the clothesline), unclogged my shower drain, and started laundry. I'm now settling in with this book, which is on sale today on kindle!

LiteraryinLititz Sounds like you more than earned some reading and relaxing! 2y
RealLifeReading Wow! Productive day! 2y
Hooked_on_books The book is fascinating. I loved it! 2y
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