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Microbiology is the study of the smallest, usually single-celled organisms, such as bacteria and viruses many of which can live or survive in more extreme environments than multicellular organisms. Although some (known as pathogens) can make us ill, many of these organisms are vital for human, animal and plant survival. For instance, gut organisms produce many of the vitamins and co-enzymes our cells require but cannot make themselves. By studying and understanding them, we can better understand how larger organisms live.

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Despite its amazing ability to explain how species change and diverge there are some areas of evolution that scientists are still working to understand.
Delve deeper into evolution

The Origins of Life - Where and how did life begin?
Delve deeper into origin of life

There are many open questions surrounding vaccines – but perhaps not the first questions that come to mind. Vaccines do not cause autism, but there are many things we don’t know about them, such as why some wear off.
Delve deeper into vaccines

Our immune systems are vital for our survival as they protect us from bacterial, viruses and other pathogens that could cause us harm. But sometimes, they can go wrong, and cause damage to our bodies.
Delve deeper into immune system

The ecosystem in your gut - how the microbiome might affect what we eat, what illnesses we get and whether we gain weight easily. How to change your microbiome and why it's such a fuzzy business.
Delve deeper into microbiome

Ebola is one of the most contagious and dangerous diseases, but between outbreaks the disease must be hiding somewhere. Some suspect bats, but is this really true?
Delve deeper into bats and ebola

Blog posts about microbiology

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Our face spiders - friends or foes?
Saturday 31st of October 2015
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Do cheaters prosper?
Tuesday 8th of September 2015
Science blog article.
Food for Thought; the Future of Global Food?
Wednesday 19th of August 2015
Science blog article.
Entamoeba histolytica – how and why does it cause disease?
Monday 9th of December 2013
Science blog article.
Celebrating 10 years of Mars Express
Tuesday 6th of August 2013
Science blog article.
The beast with a billion backs: Part 2
Saturday 13th of April 2013
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