See, bacteria isn’t all gross! If Craig’s work interested you, check out the interactive map he mentioned from the PathoMap Project. Or, if you are more interested in the artsy side of bacteria, go check out the Instagram of Tasha Sturm, the scientist who posted the photo of her son’s handprint that inspired Craig Ward’s bacteria work. Her images are a stunning example of how beautiful the “gross” things in life can be if you take a second to appreciate them!
Making the microbial world visible helps us to understand it better, to fear it less, and come to appreciate how rich our worlds are because of the bacteria around us. We have a lot to thank them for!