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Working with microbes

by Charlotte Brives (writer)
Collection: Sciences en questions
march 2024
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Scientists regularly use microbes in their research. However, they often overlook their richness and action’s and reaction’s potentialities, particularly in their attempts to control or eradicate them. Antimicrobial resistance, a health scourge that is still largely underestimated, illustrates particularly well the consequences of industrial capitalism's massive use of microbes to manufacture antibiotics. This observation is the starting point for the reflection carried out in this work: the production and use of scientific knowledge are not independent of the conditions in which this knowledge is obtained. Concerning microbes, the author shows the importance of taking into account the tangled and constantly evolving relationships that link them to human societies, and more generally that link living beings together. What she describes as pluribiosis.

Table of contents


1. Antibiotics, plantations and the Capitalocene: Microbes put to work

1.1. Development of antibiotics

1.2. Replacement in long history

1.3. Microbe plantations: to put to work and to exploit

1.4. Antibiotic resistance and the “biology of history”

1.5. Transition: antibiotic resistance, ontologies and epistemologies

2. Pluribiosis, microgeohistories and collection: what working with microbes requires

2.1. Humans, yeast and domestication

2.2. Phages, bacteria, and antibiotic resistance

3. Conclusion

4. Discussion

5. Bibliographic references


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Language(s): French

Publisher: Éditions Quae

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Sciences en questions

Published: 7 march 2024

Reference Book: 02940

Reference eBook [PDF]: 02940NUM

Reference eBook [ePub]: 02940EPB

EAN13 Book: 9782759238811

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759238828

EAN13 eBook [ePub]: 9782759238835

Interior: Black & white

Format (in mm) Book: 120 x 190

Pages count Book: 76

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 76

Weight (in grammes): 80

Size: 743 KB (PDF), 1.03 MB (ePub)


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