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The invisible world of microbes was unknown until the 1600s. Inventions like the microscope by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and discoveries by Louis Pasteur showing that organisms are responsible for fermenting wine and beer, souring milk and decomposing meat led to great advances in feeding the world. Further advances revolutionized medicine. Recent research shows that communities of diverse microbes form invisible ecosystems, called microbiomes, supporting the ecosystems of the visible world — forests, lakes, agricultural fields and us.
We know as much about microbes today as we knew about the sky before telescopes. Traditional tools for sequencing DNA, familiar for solving crimes and studying our ancestries, are the equivalent of Leeuwenhoek’s first microscope.*
*Excerpted from “What’s Left to Discover About Microbes? Pretty Much Everything” By Andrew Alden, KQED Science Contributor, NOVEMBER 5, 2015 with permission from KQED Science.