New York Times science writer and author, Carl Zimmer shows how important bacteria can be. That little bug that makes people sick from undercooked meat is an elegant and very useful little creature. In his new book, Microcosm, Zimmer explains how E. coli has been aiding science for a hundred years.
E. Coli is also held up as an example for a deliberately designed world, viewed by some as being too complex to have evolved over time. Zimmer lets scientists studying the tiny bacteria who know it best tell the story of evolution using E. coli. He even talks about research coming out this week that demonstrates a one-in-a-trillion example of rapid evolution in E. coli.
The Cosmic Log over at MSNBC.com has a story about Carl Zimmer and E. coli, too.