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The Wild Life of Our Bodies

Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today

By Rob Dunn

The Wild Life of Our Bodies
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  • Hardcover: Jun 2011,
    304 pages.

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An eye-opening look at how our obsession with killing bacteria may be putting our health at risk

Some readers may feel that the message biologist and noted science writer Rob Dunn conveys is somewhat unsavory, but no one can deny his delivery is outstanding. In other words, you won't want to shoot this messenger just because his assertions have a certain "ew" factor. With a brio and rakish good humor only a biologist can bring to the table, Dunn details exactly how "biological" we human beings are - even as we try our darnedest to separate ourselves from the microscopic, symbiotic critters he calls "mutualists."

His message? That having a chubby, wriggly worm in our gut is exactly what the doctor should order. Okay. Maybe, maybe not. But to summarize the take-away of this book, human beings better wake up to the fact that we are intimately - super intimately - dependent upon most of the yucky, slimy creatures from which we're currently trying to escape. Dunn documents numerous ...

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