Emily Monosson

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Evolution in a Toxic World

How Life Responds to Chemical Threats

Island Press
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Unnatural Selection

How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene

Island Press

In a narrative style, Emily Monosson explains how humans are driving rapid contemporary evolution, using examples such as the resurgence of bedbugs and the growing immunity to antibiotics.

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Natural Defense

Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health

Island Press

We rely on chemical cures to keep our bodies free from disease and our farms free from bugs and weeds. While human and agricultural health are rarely considered together, both are based on the same ecology, and both are being threatened by organisms that have evolved to resist our antibiotics and pesticides. Fortunately, scientists are finding new solutions that work with, rather than against, nature. There are viruses that bust apart bacteria; insect pheromones that throw crop-destroying moths into a misguided sexual frenzy; plant genes edited to protect against disease; and a resurgence of the ancient practice of fecal transplants. In this hopeful book, Monosson offers a fascinating look into the future of natural defenses. 

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