Microbes on Earth

Posted on November 8, 2006  Comments (0)

Tiny microbes play big role (broken link removed Feb 2007 – shame on the Detroit Free Press):

Like explorers of old, scientists are venturing into the immense but little-known realm of the microscopic organisms that dominate our planet.

“It’s an entire world that most of us have no idea about,” said Alan Leshner, the chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Countless trillions of microbes — mostly bacteria and a recently discovered kingdom of one-celled creatures known as archaea — inhabit every cranny of the globe. They reshape their environment, make life possible and sometimes destroy it.

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