Introducing the hidden communities that live in your gut and other organs.
Your body is home to trillions of microorganisms: living things too small to see without a microscope. MEET YOUR BACTERIA introduces you to all of your tiny tenants, and reveals the fascinating inner workings of your body, and the importance of these usually helpful (but sometimes harmful) microbes.
Highly topical and accessible, this book:
- Explores the different bacteria that live on and in various parts of your body (not just in the gut)
- Explains what they do, and why some are beneficial and some harmful
- Offers practical advice for promoting the good and inhibiting the bad bacteria
- Examines the latest thinking on good and bad dirt, and the links between bacteria and disease
Including in-depth profiles on each of the most important families of bacteria living in the human body, and helpful advice on how you can look after your own health through greater knowledge of your microbial friends, this is a wide-ranging introduction to the secret world inside your own body.
Catherine Whitlock's PhD in Immunology at the University of London was followed by ten years of post-doctoral research in cell biology and immunology. More recently she has taught these subjects. She has an ongoing research interest in evaluating the power of science communication initiatives, such as Cafe Scientifique, and having gained a Diploma in Science Communication from Birkbeck College, University of London, she now works as a freelance writer. Her most recent work, including her latest book, can be found at www.catherinewhitlock.co.uk. She is a Chartered Biologist and a member of the British Society for Immunology and the Association of British Science Writers. She lives in Kent.