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Anne Maczulak grew up in Watchung, New Jersey, with a plan to become either a writer or a biologist. She completed undergraduate and master’s studies in animal nutrition at The Ohio State University, her doctorate nutrition and microbiology from the University of Kentucky, and conducted postdoctoral studies at the New York State Department of Health. She also holds an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Anne began her training as a microbiologist studying the bacteria and protozoa of human and animal digestive tracts. She is one of a relatively small group of microbiologists who were trained in the Hungate method of culturing anaerobic microbes, meaning microbes that cannot live if exposed to oxygen. In industry, Anne worked in microbiology laboratories at Fortune 500 companies, developing anti-dandruff shampoos, deodorants, water purifiers, drain openers, septic tank cleaners, and disinfectants--all products that relate to the world of microbes. She conducted research in the University of California-San Francisco’s dermatology group, testing wound-healing medications, antimicrobial soaps, and foot fungus treatments.
In graduate school, other students and a few professors had seemed nonplussed when Anne filled her elective schedule with literature courses. Anne was equally surprised to learn that so many of her peers in science found pursuit of the arts to be folly. In 1992, with more than a decade of “growing bugs” on her resume, she packed up and drove from the east coast to California to begin a new career as a writer while keeping microbiology her day job. And yes, it was possible to be both a writer and a scientist.
While toiling evenings on a mystery novel set in a microbiology lab, Anne continued working on various laboratory projects intended either to utilize good microbes or eliminate deadly ones. A decade later, Anne began her career as an independent consultant and has successfully blended writing with biology. Although the mystery novel never made it off the ground, Anne has since published ten books on microbes and environmental science. She focuses on making highly technical subjects easy to understand. From her unique perspective, Anne inspires her audiences into wanting to know more about microbes, and perhaps even like them.
Table of Contents
|About the Author||p. ix|
|Why the world needs bacteria||p. 7|
|Tricks in bacterial survival||p. 9|
|Bacterial communities||p. 13|
|Under the microscope||p. 16|
|The size of life||p. 20|
|The bacteria of the human body||p. 25|
|The origins of our bacteria||p. 29|
|One planet||p. 32|
|Bacteria in history||p. 35|
|The ancients||p. 37|
|The legacy of bacterial pathogens||p. 39|
|The plague||p. 42|
|Microbiologists save the day||p. 46|
|Unheralded heroes of bacteriology||p. 50|
|On the front||p. 58|
|"Humans defeat germs!" (but not for long)||p. 63|
|What is an antibiotic?||p. 64|
|Inventing drugs is like making sausage||p. 68|
|Mutant wars||p. 73|
|Bacteria share their DNA||p. 77|
|The opportunists||p. 78|
|Bacteria in popular culture||p. 83|
|Bacteria and art||p. 83|
|Bacteria in the performing arts||p. 84|
|Friends and enemies||p. 89|
|Do bacteria devour art?||p. 91|
|An entire industry from a single cell||p. 99|
|E. coli||p. 103|
|The power of cloning||p. 106|
|A chain reaction||p. 109|
|Bacteria on the street||p. 112|
|Why we will always need bacteria||p. 117|
|The invisible universe||p. 121|
|Versatility begets diversity||p. 124|
|Bacteria protein factories||p. 131|
|How to build an ecosystem||p. 135|
|Feedback and ecosystem maintenance||p. 138|
|Climate, bacteria, and a barrel of oil||p. 145|
|The story of oil||p. 147|
|Bacteria power||p. 149|
|How is a cow like a cockroach?||p. 150|
|Microscopic power plants||p. 154|
|The waste problem||p. 155|
|Bacteria on Mars||p. 160|
|Shaping the planet||p. 162|
|Epilogue: How microbiologists grow bacteria||p. 165|
|Serial dilution||p. 165|
|Counting bacteria||p. 167|
|Anaerobic microbiology||p. 169|
|Aseptic technique||p. 170|
|Resources for learning more about bacteria||p. 173|
|Internet resources on bacteria||p. 173|
|Book resources on bacteria||p. 173|
|Classic reading on bacteria||p. 174|
|Bacteria rule references||p. 175|
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