To Be Scientifically Literate
I long for a day where people will be scientifically literate enough, especially in microbiology, just so that we can get rid of the stupid commercials about dental plaque or of yet another bullshit tv segment about door handles and mobile phones where pseudo-scientists wearing white lab coats smeared a Q-tip on a petri dish and announce that the disgusting spots correspond to fecal bacteria. THAT’S JUST SO SURPRISING, BECAUSE EVERYONE WASHES THEIR HANDS, RIGHT. And did you know that there’s some Staphylococcus on there ? Yes, because it’s not like most of us don’t carry some in our noses already and live fine.
Just… lock everything at the bottom of the ocean, and throw away the key.
Photograph by Martin Oeggerli, with support from School of Life Sciences, FHNW. A colorized electron microscope image captures delicate chains of streptococcus in a laboratory sample. Though some strep infections can be deadly, many strains are harmless—among the thousands of benign beings that make their home in our bodies. (National Geographic)