Micro-organisms affect every aspect of life on Earth. Some microbes cause disease but the majority are completely harmless.
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Most microbes do not cause disease - less than 5% do.
Micro-organisms can be used to demonstrate principles of biology and to model industrial processes, as well as offering opportunities for teaching across the curriculum.
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The toilet handle in most bathrooms at work has 400 times more germs than the toilet seat.
Microbes often suffer from negative press but guess what, only 5% actually cause disease and many more are very helpful.
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Some dentists recommend that a toothbrush should be kept at least 2 metres away from a toilet to avoid air-borne particles resulting from the flush – what a large bathroom!
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Cattle belching and farting produce about 20% of the Earth’s methane.
The Microbiology Society is a professional body for scientists who work in all areas of microbiology. It has over 4,000 members worldwide who are based in universities, industry, hospitals and research institutes.
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The dirtiest spots in the kitchen are dishcloths, cutting boards, sponges, and sink handles. Surprisingly, the floor is often cleaner than the sink!
Malaria is caused by the single-celled parasite Plasmodium. It is transmitted from one person to another by certain species of blood sucking mosquito. The parasite spends part of its complex life cycle inside red blood cells.
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There are more microbes on one person’s hand than there are people on the planet.
The largest organism in the world when measured by area is the Honey Mushroom fungus. It covers a whopping 8.9km2 of a national forest in the USA.
Botox is made from a deadly bacterial toxin which is used in very small doses to remove wrinkles.
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