Just as organisms that infect us make changes in us - we too make changes in them and they grow and adapt to their human hosts.
Humans play host to many little passengers. Right now, you’re incubating, shedding or have already been colonised by viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal microorganisms - perhaps even all of them.
We think of coral reefs as a diverse ecosystem, but each coral is an entire and complex microworld of organisms imperceptible to our eyes.
Just like humans, corals live with myriad microscopic organisms. We are just starting to understand this unseen world.
Microbes can survive in the frozen coastal desert soils of Antarctica’s Miers Valley.
Microbes have the ability to survive in extremely hot and cold conditions. This makes them invaluable tools for research: they can teach us how life has evolved and how we survive.
Many of us spend our working lives in offices - but few of us are familiar with the other life forms that share our desks.
How microbes are the key ingredients when it comes to concocting a gourmet menu.
Microbes can act as canaries in the coalmine for ocean pollutants such as sewage.
There are more bacteria in the ocean than stars in the known universe. New genetic techniques are letting us use microbes as early warning systems for oceans in trouble from pollution and other stresses.
Between a rock and a hard place.
Scientists have figured out how microbes may have found food when trapped beneath ice for millions of years.
Viruses are not all bad. In fact, many ecosystems would not function without them.
The word "virus" strikes terror into the hearts of most people. But most viruses are actually vital to our very existence.
When we think of antibiotic overuse, we don't generally think of allergies. Research is beginning to suggest that maybe we should.
Hydrothermal vents on the seafloor hold the key to understanding the evolution of cellular life.
Centre for Geobiology (University of Bergen, Norway) by R.B. Pedersen
Microbe can explain how ancient ancestors of simple cells like bacteria evolved into the complex cells that make up humans.