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This blog will open up the amazing and hidden world of microbes (bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses). They inhabit almost every environmental niche and shape everything on Earth, including the evolution of higher organisms like animals and plants. Did you know for example that the energy generated in the cells of your body is made by bacterial cells that were assimilated millions of years ago and evolved into mitochondria? Did you know that the microbes in your gut help you digest food, fight off infection and are vital to your survival? Or that almost all of the antibiotics, immunosuppressant and anticancer drugs used in human medicine are natural products made by microbes?

We welcome ideas for articles or stories. Please send suggestions or contributions to microbelog@gmail.com. Please be aware that if we decide to publish your contribution we will probably edit it before posting to microbelog. You can also follow us on Twitter @themicrobelog.

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10/05/2011 at 11:54 am

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