Leah L. Pant a is a classically trained artist who earned her BFA at Central Washington University and now specializes in drawing and painting. Her current mixed media abstract landscape work draws inspiration from the Abstract Expressionist movement.
Whether you are an advanced high school or college student, a general science enthusiast, or a an established researcher or biology teacher seeking stimulating ways to introduce concepts in the classroom, "Thinking Like a Phage" is enjoyable and informative reading. The author, Merry Youle, astutely chooses specific phages to illustrate key life-cycles stages, viral-host interactions, and evolutionary concepts. The writing is witty and engaging, yet technically accurate and thorough. Together, the original artwork and the enthusiastic prose produce an unusually refreshing scientific narrative. --- Bentley Fane, Professor, University of Arizona
My students will enjoy reading scientific information that is presented in such a clear, interesting and exciting manner. Chapter 1 is the best introduction to bacteriophage biology I have seen yet - hits all of my favorite topics! The book spotlights many of the usual suspect phage that we don't talk a lot about but that I want my students to know exist, as well as some of the truly weirdo phage. --- Sally Molloy, Assistant Professor, University of Maine
Our world is populated by untold numbers of creatures, but none are more abundant than the viruses that infect bacteria: the phages. This unseen realm plays a huge role in every ecosystem, yet its very existence is nearly universally unnoticed. It badly needs an advocate, and none serve better than Merry Youle. In these pages, she portrays this domain with aptly chosen examples, each described in an inviting, sometimes even witty, narrative. Be prepared to enter a splendid garden and view Nature at its most ingenious. --- Moselio "Elio" Schaechter, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Tufts University School of Medicine