Outstanding Academic Title, 2009
“Exceptionally fine… Authoritative… Comprehensive.” American Library Asscciation. Choice, October, 2008.
"Humanity shares a common ancestry with all living things on Earth. We often share especially close intimacies with the microbial world. In fact, only a small percentage of the cells in the human body are human at all. We are vastly outnumbered, even within our bodies, by microbial life that can only be counted on the same scale as the vast numbers of stars in the universe. This is also an essential relationship, because humanity could not survive without an array of microflora that both nourish us and that provide needed enzymes for life processes.
Yet, the common biology and biochemistry that unites us also makes us susceptible to contracting and transmitting infectious disease." (continued) -- K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, editors Dublin, Ireland, July, 2007.