Microbes influence nearly every aspect of our lives. Though they have gotten a bad rap for causing disease, our bugs can protect us from disease, feed us, and they might even affect the way we think! We are also learning how human activity, including the use of antibiotics, has influenced our microbes with profound implications for human health.
In this 2016 Midsummer Nights' Science talk, Ashlee Earl discusses some of the modern ways that we investigate microbes and what these investigations are telling us about why our microbes — and what we do to them! — matter.