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  • The book, Microbe Hunters, tells the stories of early heroes of microbiology.
  • "A microbe, it was right here, I was looking right at it, and now it’s gone."
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I know it’s hard for you to understand about size, how there’s very little difference in the size of the tiniest microbe and the greatest galaxy.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • County officials say they eliminated the springs out of concern that bathers might become gravely ill from virulent microbes thought to flourish in the thermal pools.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • It kills off any of the microbes that might infect the wound.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • These microbes wind up in the liver.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Inside its shell the three of them went about their early evening routine, like microbes trapped in the intestine of a monster.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Certainly I’m no mad exterminator bent on killing devil microbes; on the contrary, I admire them.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • There has to be meat in the dish, there have to be vegetables forbidden to flower, seeds forbidden to germinate; even the cycles of microbes must be sacrificed for us to continue our cycles.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Rub off the microbes with your handkerchief.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • And it’s a forbidding place: dry or wet, but always hot, full of microbe-filled water and leeches the size of snakes, rice paddies and mountains and shell craters.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • A cloud-eating microbe or whatever.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Of course, it might have been a model, enormously enlarged as were microbes and insects in terrestrial museums.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Once they felt better but long before they were cured, patients stopped taking their pills, the professionals said, and patients did this in part because they didn’t believe tb came from microbes but believed it was sent to them by enemies, via sorcery.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • If it stood by itself, it might just be worth considering, but when you tack it on to all sorts of other things that are absolutely impossible—all this about the lamas being hundreds of years old, and having discovered a sort of elixir of youth, or whatever you’d call it …. well, it just makes me wonder what kind of microbe has bitten you, that’s all.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • It kills influenza microbes, for instance.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • I evolve my own system of philosophy and all of you seem to crawl at my feet like so many insects or microbes.
    Anton Chekhov  --  Uncle Vanya
  • She’d always loved the story of Pasteur’s discovery of microbes, or Lister’s experiments with antisepsis.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • 6 percent of the ground beef contained microbes that are spread primarily by fecal material.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • "Martin Arrowsmith, if you think for one moment that I’m ever going to marry a vulgar, crude, selfish, microbe-grubbing smart aleck—"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Just more germs, an all-pervading medium of pathogens, microbes, floating colonies of spirochetes that fuse and separate and elongate and spiral and engulf, whole trainloads of matter that people cough forth, rudimentary and deadly.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • There must of necessity be a chemistry of nonmatter, of unsubstantial compounds, from which matter then arose, just as organisms had come from inorganic compounds, and atoms would then be the microbes and protozoa of matter—substantial by nature, and yet not really.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • All the years at high speed on the backs of dangerous horses, all the years clinging to precipices and ledges above the clouds, and all the bayonets, artillery shells, and machine-gun bullets that had been marvelously rerouted around him, were to be overshadowed by a microbe that felled him in a cheap hotel.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • For the HeLa species debate, see L. Van Valen, "HeLa, a New Microbial Species," Evolutionary Theory 10, no.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • …avatar as the overblown rose or magnolia elides from one rich June to the next, leaving no bones, no substance, no dust of whatever dead pristine soulless rich surrender anywhere between sun and earth) but produced complete and subject to no microbe in that cloyed and scented maze of shuttered silk as if he were the delicate and perverse spirit-symbol, immortal page of the ancient immortal Lilith, entering the actual world not at the age of one second but of twelve years, the delicate…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • And the title of the book: The Microbe Hunters.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • What’s natural is the microbe.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Once your body enters into the first stage of the disease, your immune system will kick in and try to destroy the microbes, but it will fail.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • New set of microbes.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • When all the microbes have disappeared, have her taken into lab four.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • This is where we injected the letumosis-carrying microbes.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • As you can see, the microbes are gone.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • "You said before that I wasn’t contagious after my body got rid of those microbes."
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • He laughed at it, he remembered with professional scorn how foolish were the lay visitors to the laboratory, who believed that sanguinary microbes would leap upon them from the mysterious centrifuge, from the benches, from the air itself.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • To think of the millions that the armies of the world had spent on "kits" like this, or to think that before Pasteur’s discovery of microbes, doctors fought duels over the merits of balsam of Peru versus tar oil for wound infection.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • "I am Dr. Arrowsmith," he snorted, "and I’ve been informed that even probationers learn that the first duty of a nurse is to stand when addressing doctors! I wish to find Ward D, to take a strain of—IT MAY INTEREST YOU TO KNOW!—a very dangerous microbe, and if you will kindly direct me—"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • We’ve never really accepted microbes into our lives.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Efforts to eradicate E. coli 0157:H7 have been complicated by the fact that it is an extraordinarily hearty microbe that is easy to trans— mit.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • There was apparently no one in Queen City who regarded him as other than a cranky Jew catching microbes by their little tails and leering at them—no work for a tall man at a time when heroes were building bridges, experimenting with Horseless Carriages, writing the first of the poetic Compelling Ads, and selling miles of calico and cigars.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • DUDARD: Perhaps it doesn’t kill all microbes.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • Even if you assume that only 1 percent are infected, that means three or four cattle bearing the microbe are eviscerated at a large slaughterhouse every hour.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • An almost fanatical devotion to microbial testing, however, be— came the key to Theno’s food safety program.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • During the 1980s, as the risks of widespread contamination increased, the meatpacking industry blocked the use of microbial testing in the federal meat inspection program.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Microbial testing would determine the grades, and the marketplace would reward companies that ranked highest.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Theno says that the industry’s long-standing resistance to microbial testing is a form of denial.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • It’s too bad modern writers lost the generic "fever" and the mystery malady when modern medicine got so it could identify virtually any microbe and thereby diagnose virtually any disease.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The companies that manufactured hamburger patties for Jack in the Box were required to test their beef every fifteen minutes for a wide range of dangerous microbes, including E. coli 0157:H7.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Back then I was still a bit appalled that God would set down his barefoot boy and girl dollies into an Eden where, presumably, He had just turned loose elephantiasis and microbes that eat the human cornea.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Anyone who brings raw ground beef into his or her kitchen today must regard it as a potential biohazard, one that may carry an extremely dangerous microbe, infectious at an extremely low dose.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The USDA has the power to conduct microbial tests on cattle that have already been slaughtered, but cannot test live cattle in order to keep infected animals out of slaughterhouses.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
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