Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You [EPUB]
07 April 2018, 12:23
2018 | EPUB | 1.95MB
From Eugenia Bone, the critically acclaimed author of Mycophilia, comes an approachable, highly personal look at our complex relationship with the microbial world.
While researching her book about mushrooms, Eugenia Bone became fascinated with the huge impact microbes have on every aspect of life. But as she began reading scholarly works in an attempt to grasp the microbiology, she quickly realized she couldn't do it alone.
That’s why she went back to school in middle age, to study Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. Her college experience was in equal parts challenging, humbling, and hilarious. The material was daunting, not only because she had spent her life convinced it was beyond her comprehension (a conviction many people share about science), but also because microbes are so different from the organisms we can see. She initially found it difficult to understand creatures that evolve so fast they can become another species in a matter of weeks, that can share genes by touching, that bridge the nonliving and living spheres of life. But despite her academic trials, Bone realized all life, from a mushroom to a maestro, are microbial in essence. Indeed, life itself is a vast conspiracy of microbes.
This popular science book takes the layman on a broad survey of the role of microbes in nature and shows how different the world is with a microbial point of view.
Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past [EPUB]
06 April 2018, 15:06
2018 | EPUB | 21.07MB
Here is a groundbreaking book about how the extraction of DNA from ancient bones has profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long-standing controversies.
Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA as never before, and it has become clear—in part from David Reich's own contributions to the field—that genomics is as important a means of understanding the human past as archeology, linguistics, and the written word. In Who We Are and How We Got Here, Reich describes with unprecedented clarity just how the human genome provides not only all the information that a fertilized human egg needs to develop but also contains within it the history of our species. He explains how the genomic revolution and ancient DNA are transforming our understanding of the lineage of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal the deep history of inequality—among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals within a population. His book gives the lie to the orthodoxy that there are no meaningful biological differences among human populations, and at the same time uses the definitive evidence provided by genomics to show that the differences that do exist are unlikely to conform to familiar stereotypes.
Unnatural Harvest: How Genetic Engineering is Altering Our Food [EPUB]
27 March 2018, 14:05
2018 | EPUB | 3.65MB
Do you know what you're eating? Do you know what you're feeding your children? Chances are, the last time you visited the grocery store, you unwittingly purchased foodstuffs that have been genetically altered. That means you've become part of a grand, yet alarming experiment on food and humans, being carried out on a global scale by powerful biotech companies. And no one, including the scientists and the governments who are giving them the go-ahead, knows the long-term effects of genetically modified foods.
In Unnatural Harvest, Ingeborg Boyens presents the startling implications of a new technology that is quietly revolutionizing the production of food -- our most basic component of life -- exposing the serious consequences this science poses for the biodiversity of our planet, for animal welfare, and for the health of ourselves and our children.