Today when browsing Science Daily I noticed a couple of really interesting stories about microbes. It seems like a lot of people only think that microbiology research is important because of the potential to fight human disease. However, microbes are extremely dynamic organisms with many diverse applications such as bioremediation (use of microbes to return a contaminated environment to its original state) and biofuels.
Here are two articles I noticed today that I thought underscored this point nicely.
"New meaning for the word 'computer bug': Genetically altered bacteria for data storage."
"Scientists Engineer Bacteria to Create Living Photographs"
This is what I was doing when I should have been working on my own scientific publication. Oh well.