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Phages: their role in bacterial pathogenesis and biotechnology
  1. P A Riley

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Edited by M K Waldor, D I Friedman, S L Adhya. Washington DC: Published by ASM Press, 2005, $119-95 (hardcover), pp 468. ISBN 1-55581-307-0

Any book that contains the phrase “rolling global-scale orgy of bacteriophage sex” will grab my attention, but then again, I am a bacteriophage enthusiast. To be honest, I’m really only an amateur and this book is primarily for the professional enthusiast, and at $120, it is likely to be read only by those who work with bacteriophages regularly. This is a shame, as it contains some fascinating material. Did you know, for instance, that, with a total population estimated at any one time to be 1031, phages are the most numerous organisms on the planet? I didn’t know until I read this book. Another amazing fact that had me firing off emails to my long-suffering colleagues was …

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