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‘The Amoeba in the Room’ uncloaks a hidden realm of tiny life

The struggles and sex lives of microbes are as fascinating as any docudrama

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10:00am, May 18, 2014

The Amoeba in the Room: Lives of the Microbes
Nicholas P. Money
Oxford Univ., $24.95

Prochlorococcus is a little bacterium with a big job. Less than a micrometer in diameter, it’s the most abundant photosynthetic organism on Earth, taking up carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. If the octillion — that’s a 1 followed by 27 zeros — or more Prochlorococcus currently adrift in the world’s oceans were to disappear, writes mycologist Nicholas Money, air-breathing animals would suffocate.

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