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By Alistair J. Lax

What do the subsequent have in universal: the promise of Botox because the key to eternal younger appears to be like; E. coli O157 hamburger affliction; a mysterious affliction which killed 35 heroin clients in 2000; and the assassination by means of poisoned umbrella-tip of a Bulgarian dissident within the Seventies? the answer's that each one of those are as a result of pollution, the robust organic poisons published by means of micro organism and a few plants.

In Toxin, Alistair Lax finds the panoply of the way during which bacterial pollution conquer the defences of our cells. He explains how they paintings, how they're such a success in inflicting significant ailments, the negative human effect they've got had, and the way it sounds as if 'new' ailments come up from them. He additionally discusses how we will wrestle pollutants, and the way we will be able to harness their activities for helpful reasons. Enlivened through the very human tale of the patience, rivalries, and insights from which modern
microbiology grew, Toxin is the 1st broadly available account of this fascinating and demanding subject.

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