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Human Microbes - The Power Within

Health, Healing and Beyond

  • Offers a unique and recent perspective on the world of microbial constituents

  • Written in a style that is comprehensive and easy to read

  • Provides many captivating illustrations


Table of contents

About this book


This book offers a unique perspective on the invisible organ, a body part that has been visualized only recently. It guides the readers into the world of the microbial constituents that make humans the way they are. The vitamins they produce, the smell they generate, the signals they create, and the molecular guards they elaborate are some of the benefits they bestow on humans.

After introducing the notion as to why microbes are an integral component in the development of humans, the book examines the genesis of the microbiome and describes how the resident bacteria work in partnership with the skin, digestive tract, sexual organs, mouth and lungs to execute vital physiological functions. It then discusses the diseases that are triggered by the disruption of the harmonious relationships amongst these diverse systems and provides microbial cures to ailments such as obesity and digestive complications. Finally, the book focuses on the future when the workings of the human microbes will be fully unravelled. Societal changes in health education, the establishment of the microbiome bank, the fight against hunger, space travel, designer traits and enhanced security are explained. Each chapter is accompanied by captivating illustrations and ends with a visual summary.

Dr. Appanna has been researching for over 30 years on various aspects of microbial and human cellular systems. He is a professor of biochemistry and has also served as Department Chair and Dean of the Faculty at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada.

The book is aimed at readers enrolled in medical, chiropractic, nursing, pharmacy, and health science programs. Practicing health-care professionals and continuing education learners will also find the content beneficial.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty Science & EngineeringLaurentian UniversitySudburyCanada

About the authors

Dr. Appanna has been teaching and researching for over 30 years on various aspects of how microbes go about surviving in extreme environments. He is in fact ‘a bacterial whisperer’ and has been able to ‘talk’ microbes into executing a variety of challenging tasks. For instance, he has tailored microbes to grow in metal-polluted areas, live on glycerol and adopt a lifestyle on limited oxygen. Dr. Appanna has published in excess of hundred articles in scientific journals and lectured extensively around the globe including France, India, Russia, Chile and China. He is the academic editor of numerous journal publications. He has served as Department Chair and Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering at Laurentian University. As a prolific researcher he has trained and mentored over 150 highly qualified research personnel. He has also helped identify some of the mechanisms metal pollutants invoke to trigger obesity and neurological diseases. His passion and knowledge of microbes have taken him around the globe in pursuit of biotechnological solutions. Whether it is the search for microbes to mitigate pollution in the Black Sea or to extend the life of oil reserve in Sarov, Russia or to improve water quality in the aquaculture industry in Vietnam, or to mine valuable metals in the Atacama desert, Chile, Dr. Appanna has been a pioneer in cajoling microbes in performing a desired chore. In this book he has summoned his extensive teaching skills, microbial expertise and background in human health to weave the fascinating facets of our invisible organ. 


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Human Microbes - The Power Within
  • Book Subtitle Health, Healing and Beyond
  • Authors Vasu D. Appanna
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-7683-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-5669-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-7684-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 175
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 101 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medical Microbiology
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