July 4th: Science in Gambier
Independence Day in Gambier. My microbiology students here for the summer were told to celebrate the holiday, although one plans to start “overnight cultures,” and I’m plotting the punch list for our next publication. Recently in San Francisco, at the ASM meeting, Keith Martinez (blue shirt) explained acid-stressed biofilms to a rapt audience. Dan Riggins ’12 also received rapt attention for oxygen-starved E. coli. While our E. coli work received less attention than the Higgs boson, it’s a lot closer to home.
So who really runs our bodies, anyway–our nuclear cells, or our gene-packed bacteria? According to Scientific American, it may be the latter. As a speaker explained at ASM, microbes probably invented plants and animals as nice environments to inhabit.