So many cool things in this post by Scott Chimileski at Small Things Considered:
by Scott Chimileski | Have you ever visited a natural history museum and looked for microbe exhibits? If you have, I’d bet you didn’t find any. In my own searches, I usually see microbes represented only by some species names written on a tree of life, or by a minor section of another exhibit. When I first realized that microbial life is a small fraction of content on display, I was shocked.
I confess I particularly like the 3D print of the Haloferax volcanii biofilm because I worked on this organism for part of my PhD and then ran the project to sequence its genome.
In the post Chimileski discusses the general topic areas for microbe exhibits in natural history museums:
- Concept area #1: Sociality, community, multicellularity and collective behavior
- Concept area #2: The shapers and stewards of our planet
- Concept area #3: Animal-microbial symbioses and the human microbiota
Anyway – definitely worth a look.