The Good, the Bad, the Slimy: The Secret Life of Microbes


Suppose you were to drink a magic potion that made all of the human cells in your body invisible. What would your friends see? A ghostly, shimmering zoo of microbes, that's what! Your body—from the top of your head to the tips of your toes, and nearly everywhere in between—is home to trillions and trillions of bacteria, fungi, and other things too small to see without a microscope. Incredibly, the bacteria cells in our body outnumber our human cells about ten to one!

And that's only the beginning.

The earth—perhaps even other planets—is teeming with life that we cannot see with our eyes alone. This book will show you the secret life of the many microscopic living things we call microbes. Dennis Kunkel’s stunning photographs of microbes will knock your socks off!

Science Books & Films, a critical review journal journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, placed The Good, the Bad, the Slimy on their 2008 Best Books List. 

Sadly, The Good, the Bad, the Slimy is out of print, although you can easily find used copies for sale on online. It is one of my favorite books! 

Enslow Publishing, 2006

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