Top Ten Bacteria Working in the Shadows
As Valerie Brown has shown, bacteria are indeed us. But while we know who we are, who are these microscopic allies (and enemies)?
Childhood was a hazy mix of lace and mud — an age of cookie time, horseplay and the occasional cootie shot. It seems like a far cry from the fettered world of adulthood.
But there were darker forces at play, infiltrators that showed up everywhere we were — near us, on us, in us. Some working for the forces of good, some for evil, some on both sides. These secret agents were bacteria.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that we adults have endowed bacteria with all our possessive and neurotic qualities. (See Valerie Brown’s “Bacteria ‘R’ Us” in Miller-McCune magazine.) What were once extraordinary and bizarre are now measured on a microbial threat level and sanitized with gallons of antiseptic.
Join us for a sticky-fingered journey through bacteria’s lesser-known work in the shadows. Powerful, haunting and mysterious, these 10 microbes promise a return to the slimy delight of childhood discovery. Simply click on the names listed in the graphic below to learn more about these bacteria: