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Archives for June, 2008

No Nucleus, No Problem!

I knew I’d love Carl’s Microcosm for the delicious irony of using a mere “germ” to illustrate the mysteries of life itself. Well, I’m also partial to bacteria and their multicellular abilities, which Carl describes wonderfully. . First, as the other science writer on the panel, I’d like to express my appreciation for Carl’s way…

Escherichia coli is a superstar of the microbe world. Like Zelig, E. coli has been on the scene of some of the most important discoveries of biology. For example, Francois Jacob and Jacques Monod deciphered gene regulation using E. coli’s Lac Operon. Roger Kornberg discovered DNA polymerase using E. coli. Even E. coli’s parasites (phages)…

To kick off this book club discussion, I want to explain how I ended up the past couple years obsessing over E. coli. If you don’t know much about E. coli, it may sound like a strange thing to do. But the time I spent in this microbe’s intellectual company was deeply enlightening. I came…

Welcome to the Club.

Hello, and welcome to the ScienceBlogs Book Club. This is a ScienceBlogs special feature: an online, round-table discussion of Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life, by Carl Zimmer. Carl will be joined on the blog by three expert guests—Jessica Snyder Sachs, John Dennehy, and PZ Myers. Microcosm reveals how a common bacterium,…