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I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong
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This book is based on the idea that humans are best thought of as cooperative, symbiotic ecosystems since most of the cells in our bodies are foreign microbes: https://tinyurl.com/8w4mxdrb. In fact, he asks whether it makes sense to call ourselves single, autonomous individuals at all. So, he talks about things like how a significant portion of mother’s milk is used to feed advantageous microbes in newborns, and how using antibiotics should be thought of as the medical equivalent of the nuclear option. But the book is so completely chock-full of hundreds of examples and illustrations that hardly any details stuck with me and I was left with only the author’s general theme in mind when I finished. I was well entertained, but I can’t say I was educated.
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Reading Progress

November 14, 2021 – Started Reading
November 14, 2021 – Shelved
November 14, 2021 – Shelved as: science
November 14, 2021 – Shelved as: nature
November 14, 2021 –
page 107
29.08%
November 15, 2021 –
page 298
80.98%
November 16, 2021 –
page 368
100.0%
November 16, 2021 – Finished Reading

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