Philosophy of Microbiology

2015.03.44 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Maureen A. O'Malley, Philosophy of Microbiology, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 269pp., $31.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107621503.
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2015.03.44 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Maureen A. O'Malley, Philosophy of Microbiology, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 269pp., $31.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107621503. Reviewed by Ellen Clarke, All Souls College, University of Oxford Microbes have stood in need of rehabilitation in the public imagination since their long days as bad guys, as dirty causes of disease. This image change is now in full swing, with yoghurt adverts reminding us that some microbes are vital to our health and asthma researchers urging us to cease our pursuit of a sterile home. The biotech bubble may have burst, but the science of microbiology has never have been more important, with our tiny friends playing an ever increasing role in processing our waste, producing our medicines and our food, and with potential implications for tackling obesity, climate change, antibiotic resistance and more. This book shows how, in addition, microbes are guiding our biological research and. . .

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