I Contain Multitudes

By Ed Yong,

Book cover of I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

Book description


Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It's an entire world, a colony full of life.

In other words, you contain multitudes.

They sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and…

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1 author picked I Contain Multitudes as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

With both humor and scientific precision, Ed Yong takes us through the microscope lens into the world of microbes and microbiology that share our world and, in some cases, our bodies. Yong's book connects those worlds to show our interdependence. His book provides ample evidence that while disease-causing microbes grab most of the headlines, many others in the microbiome are essential allies for a healthy life and are critical to advancements in biotechnology.

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