The Brain Scoop:
We like to think of microbial life as dirty, germy, bad nasty microscopic organisms that cause disease and illness. While it’s true that some microbes are not chiefly beneficial to us, we couldn’t live without the vast majority that ensure we are healthy and well-functioning.
It’s pretty wild to think about all of the different species of microbes and how they specialize on different organisms. Take Dr. Corrie Moreau’s work on ants, for instance: she’s primarily interested in their unique gut microbes, and how those organisms evolved along with their ant hosts over millions of years. In this episode, she shows us how she dissects various parts out of ants in order to do further analysis in the lab.
So, the next time you think of yourself as an individual, give a nod to the billions of microorganisms that help make you, you!