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Highway of Dreams for Microbiologists

by Northeastern University
Bac­teria are a per­va­sive and elu­sive bunch. Sci­en­tists esti­mate that between 10 mil­lion and 1 bil­lion dif­ferent micro­bial species pop­u­late the world, yet only a handful of them have so far been iden­ti­fied. Why? Because the over­whelming majority of microbes refuse to grow in the lab­o­ra­tory. This is despite decades of sci­en­tists’ best efforts at coaxing the micro­scopic organ­isms into action.