Plant root systems, which absorb nutrients and are directly exposed to soil microbes, are “functionally analogous to the animal gut,” according to Cara Haney of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and Frederick Ausubel of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. Both plants and animals ...More...
With annual deaths from antibiotic-resistant infections estimated at 23,000 in the United States (US), 25,000 in Europe, and much higher elsewhere, antibiotic resistance is among the most significant threats to human health. While overall public awareness of the problem does not reflect its gravi...More...
There is life after death, and it is mainly microbial. Ernest Hemingway published in 1933 his essay, “A Natural History of the Dead,” based on his experiences as an ambulance driver during World War I. He saw parallels between decaying corpses along battlefields and the ecosystems described by na...More...