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In the fall of 2006 I found myself driving along a hilly, two-lane stretch of highway through the most boring part of Central Florida - predominantly orange groves & cows - trying to figure out a way to commit my experiences in medical research to paper when an idea occurred.   I could arrange them in the form of a novel.   Ben Ketchum was born that day and if my radio hadn't been on the fritz he might never have occurred to me.    Which proves once again that sometimes it's not so unproductive being bored.  

"Of course," I thought as I passed a flock of snowy white egrets perched on a fence that ignored my muffler as I passed by.   "Ben could go places, meet people, and do things I'd never have time to do.   He should be a microbiologist and he grew up on a ranch.  He drives an old pickup truck like mine.   And he has just one year left to gain tenure at his small university in Montana.    He's single and in need of a vacation so he travels to Egypt and meets eccentric characters willing to help him out with his new project: the brewer's yeast.    Along the way Ben could fall in love, discuss topics like energy & cellular metabolism, the history of brewing, cholera, and the bubonic plague in interesting locations.  He could even have a graduate student working in his laboratory whose son is fighting cystic fibrosis.   He misses his old research with anthrax, laments the competitiveness & tight budgets of modern science, teaches new laboratory techniques while mentoring his students. So many possibilities and I hadn't put a single word down on paper yet," I thought.

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David Wooster is a biochemist and science writer. He earned his Ph.D. in 2002 at Montana State University while working on cystic fibrosis.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463675933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463675936
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,539,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After working on cystic fibrosis for 7 years as a graduate student, I earned my Ph.D. in biochemistry at Montana State University in 2002, then went to Southern California at Children's Hospital Los Angeles where I studied meningitis in neonates (new borns). My project involved discovering how certain bacteria (like E. coli) are able to survive in the bloodstream long enough to invade the brain.

My fellowship having ended in 2004, I began teaching and eventually rewrote several of my college lectures in book form, ideas I had kicking around which, over the course of the next 4 years, gradually grew into the fictional story of Benjamin Ketchum, a microbiologist who has a series of adventures. "Cystic Fibrosis & the Brewer's Yeast: A Microbiology Tale" is based on my experiences as a graduate student and a postdoctoral researcher in Los Angeles.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony Wilson on October 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was never a fan of history at school but if it had been taught this way maybe ...

Wooster spanned centuries and continents in rhis account of how the good and bad microbes influenced history. He has a sort of mad-professorial style in keeping with the main character. The story does jump around a lot and contains many amusing spelling and grammar glitches [1] but for the most part flows easily.

I particularly enjoyed the hundreds of endnotes, which make up about a quarter of the volume and make an interesting side-journey on their own. By linking the endnotes in both directions, he showed great foresight.

All in all a great read.

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... heard of elk or deer ...
... ice sickles ...
You're enzymes are liberating glucose ...
... who's intricacy could put ...
Stanley spelled Stanly in an exact 6.:1 ratio
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By Kathy's Gardens on January 5, 2015
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Very informational.
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