Book review: There’s a germ of truth in saying the real rulers of the world are bacteria
In Pathogenesis, Jonathan Kennedy gives a gripping and accessible account of how pathogens have shaped our entire history, and all life on this planet, pointing out that we ‘are just squatters here’
As we consider the impact of Covid-19 on our planet, our families and our psyche, it’s easy to think ourselves unfortunate – the victims of a rare global event that brought the modern world to its knees.
But SARS-CoV-2 is merely the most recent microbial assault on our bodies. In fact, its effect has been relatively mild compared to some of the infectious diseases that have battered our species since we diverged from chimpanzees between ...