A newly released eBook, written by Gerard Corthier and Katrine Leverve, is an engaging guide to the “good” bacteria in the human body. Through short paragraphs of text and whimsical cartoons, the book gives an overview of topics that will be well familiar to scientists, and which can be a good starting place for discussion with those outside the field.
The book highlights the importance of gut microbiota in the human body, explaining relevant terms in a very basic way. Authors mention fungi and viruses, but focus on the role of bacteria. The book covers in engaging detail the different types of bacteria and how the microbiota interact with the immune system and nervous system. The authors talk about bacteria in food, too: their role in food spoilage, but also in food preservation. A section on how to maintain a well-functioning microbial ecosystem gives a summary of probiotics in health, along with a caution about carefully interpreting the scientific studies.
The book is available in English, French, and Spanish.