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In The Company of Microbes

Ten Years of Small Things Considered

Edition:
1st
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ISBN:
9781555819590
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
July 27, 2016
Content Details:
292 pages
Language:
English

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    With more than 1,000 posts and 2 million views, the esteemed blog Small Things Considered has been sparking the imagination of microbiologists for an entire decade. Throughout the years, Elio Schaechter and his team of dedicated bloggers have shared exciting, unexpected, and unusual stories from the microbial world.

    A look at the amazing, groovy world of microbes

    With more than 1,000 posts and 2 million views, the esteemed blog Small Things Considered has been sparking the imagination of microbiologists for an entire decade. Throughout the years, Elio Schaechter and his team of dedicated bloggers have shared exciting, unexpected, and unusual stories from the microbial world.

    In the Company of Microbes is a carefully selected treasure chest of wise, amusing, and even profound statements about the ubiquity and relevance of the microbial world.  Schaechter, past ASM Presidents, and distinguished microbiologists from around the globe reflect on personal, sometimes historic interactions with microbes and unexpected discoveries, each essay conveying the excitement and sense of surprise that microbiology holds for them. This is the reason that Small Things Considered is a scientific and social media phenomenon that has impacted scientists at every stage of their careers and shared the magical of microbes with world.

    Join Schaechter in discovering a never-ending pageant of astounding variations on the theme of microbial life. Enjoy!

    Features

    • With more than 1,000 posts and 2 million views, the esteemed blog Small Things Considered has been sparking the imagination of microbiologists for an entire decade.
    • Throughout the years, Elio Schaechter and his team of dedicated bloggers have shared exciting, unexpected, and unusual stories from the microbial world.
    • Includes blogs written by Schaechter, other past ASM Presidents, and distinguished microbiologists from around the globe.
    • Includes a series of "Talmudic Questions," which foster critical thinking in students.
    • Elio is also one of the lead authors on Microbe, 2e.

    Reviews

      “Since Elio Schaechter’s blog, Small Things Considered, first appeared 10 years ago, I have looked forward to each edition. I have read, smiled, laughed, and always learned something new about the microbial world. Elio’s style is uniquely engaging and makes microbiology come alive. This new book, In the Company of Microbes, captures all the best of Elio’s magic. It is a must-read for students of microbiology of any age.”

      - Lynn W. Enquist, Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology and Professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University

  • Contents

    Table of Contents
    Contributors.................................................................................. x
    Introduction................................................................................. xi
    Preface..........................................................................xiii
    Acknowledgments.......................................................................xv
    What Do We Mean by a Talmudic Question?.........................xvi
    Part 1: The View from Here
    1 Of Ancient Curses, Microbes, and the ASM..................................... 3
    Bonnie L. Bassler
    2 On the Evolution of the Genetic Code............................................. 6
    Charles Yanofsky
    3 Microbes Touch Everything.............................................................. 8
    Tim Donohue
    4 Getting a Handle on Cell Organization .......................................... 11
    Franklin M. Harold
    5 The Age of Imaging........................................................................ 16
    Elio
    6 Bacillus subtilis: Wild and Tame................................................... 19
    Richard Losick
    7 The Tyranny of Phylogeny: An Exhortation................................... 22
    Elio
    8 Virus in the Room.......................................................................... 24
    Welkin Johnson
    9 Feynman Said “Just Look at the Thing!”........................................ 27
    Jan Spitzer
    10 Self-Assembly For Me..................................................................... 34
    Elio
    11 On the Definition of Prokaryotes................................................... 37
    Nanne Nanninga
    12 The Microbial Nature of Humans................................................... 42
    Maureen O’Malley
    13 Good Writing Beats Bad Writing, Most Any Day ........................... 47
    Elio
    14 Finally, Farewell to “Stamp Collecting”.......................................... 52
    Christoph Weigel
    Part 2: Accounts of the Past
    15 Esther Lederberg: Pioneer of Bacterial Genetics ......................... 59
    Mercé Piqueras
    16 How Proteomics Got Started ......................................................... 66
    Fred Neidhardt
    17 Did van Leeuwenhoek Observe Yeast Cells in 1680? ................... 72
    Nanne Nanninga
    18 The Louse and the Vaccine ........................................................... 76
    Elio
    19 The Ten-Minute Leeuwenhoek Microscope .................................. 80
    Patrick Keeling
    20 Microbiology in the Andes: Ancient and Unexpected .................. 84
    Elio
    21 Dr. Rous’s Prize-Winning Chicken ................................................. 87
    Welkin Johnson
    22 The Two Quantitative Steps in the Biology Growth Curve .................................... 90
    Elio
    23 A Tale of Centenarians ................................................................. 93
    Claudio Schazzocchio
    24 A Failed Experiment ..................................................................... 99
    Elio
    25 “Microbe Hunters” by Paul DeKruif:
    A Major Force in Microbiological History .....................................104
    Elio
    26 Fecal Transplants in the “Good Old Days” ...................................106
    Stanley Falkow
    27 Requiem for a Machine ............................................................... 110
    Elio
    28 Mad Dogs and Microbiologists ..................................................... 113
    William C. Summers
    29 Joshua Lederberg and the “Cellularity” of Bacteria .................... 118
    Elio
    Part 3: Small Wonders
    30 Where Art Thou, O Nucleoid? ..................................................... 123
    Conrad Woldringh
    31 Teaching E. coli to Endocytose .................................................... 126
    Elio
    32 The Awesomest Thing in Biology ................................................ 130
    Elio
    33 Let’s Not Forget Acetabularia ...................................................... 134
    Elio
    34 The Fastest Flights in Nature........................................................ 139
    Elio
    35 Fungal Alchemy: Using Radiation as a Source of Energy.............141
    Elio
    36 Arms and the Fungus................................................................... 143
    Elio
    37 Bacterial Hopanoids: The Lipids That Last Forever..................... 146
    Elio
    38 A Bacterium Learns Long Division............................................... 150
    Nanne Nanninga
    39 Commuting to Work.................................................................. 153
    Elio
    Part 4: On Being a Microbiologist
    40 Directed Science, Curiosity-Driven Science, and Striking the Balanc..................... 159
    Jeff F. Miller
    41 The Gender Bias of Science Faculty............................................. 163
    Vincent Racaniello
    42 The Excitement of Clinical Microbiology..................................... 166
    Elio
    43 The Bacterial Chromosome:
    A Physical Biologist’s Apology. A Perspective...............................171
    Suckjoon Jun
    44 Whose Planet Is It Anyway?......................................................... 177
    Elio
    45 If Microbes Could Tweet................................................................181
    Daniel P. Haeusser
    46 State Microbes.............................................................................. 183
    Elio
    47 Recalling the Good in the Good Old Days .................................. 187
    Elio
    48 The Attendee’s Guide to Scientific Meetings............................... 189
    Julian Davies
    Part 5: Personal Notes
    49 The Encyclopedia and I................................................................ 195
    Elio
    50 The Guild....................................................................... 198
    Elio
    51 The Magasanik Paradox................................................................ 200
    Elio
    Part 6: The Ways of Microbes
    52 The Parvome................................................................................. 205
    Julian Davies
    53 The World Is Pleiotropic............................................................... 208
    Elio
    54 Constructing a Synthetic Mycoplasma.......................................... 211
    Shmuel Razin
    55 By Chance and Necessity:The Role of the Cytoskeleton in the Genesis of Eukaryotes.........214
    Daniel P. Haeusser
    56 The Gram Stain: Its Persistence and Its Quirks.............................221
    Elio
    57 On the Continuity of Biological Membranes............................... 226
    Franklin M. Harold
    58 Energetics of the Eukaryotic Edge............................................... 223
    Franklin M. Harold
    59 The Road to Microbial Endocrinology ......................................... 238
    Mark Lyte
    60 Begetting the Eukarya: An Unexpected Light.............................. 244
    Franklin M. Harold
    61 The Higgs Boson and Biology....................................................... 253
    Elio
    62 The Power of Fungal Genetics:
    Cassava for Food Security and Sustainability in Colombia......... 257
    Chris Condaya
    Peter Geoghan
    63 Why Is It So Hard to Make an HIV Vaccine?................................. 259
    John Coffin
    64 Measuring Up............................................................................... 263
    Jamie Henzy
    Part 7: Teaching Things
    65 On Teaching ................................................................................ 267
    Stanley Falkow
    66 Hello Again, Metabolism!..............................................................271
    Amy Cheng Vollmer
    67 Why Medical Microbiology Is Not Like Stamp Collecting............. 273
    Elio
    68 Where Mathematicians and Biologists Meet................................ 278
    Joe Mahaffy
    69 Short Courses for Long-Term Learning........................................ 282
    Phoebe Lostroh
    70 Preaching to a Prokaryotic Choir................................................. 284
    Mark Martin
    71 “The Great Plate Count Anomaly” That Is No More.................... 288
    Gemma Reguera
    Talmudic Question #73.........................................................................291
    List of Contributors to Small Things Considered ................................ 292
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