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Seeing Bacteria


I got a really fun early Christmas gift yesterday, Moyasimon 1: Tales of Agriculture, a manga series about a boy who can see microbes. His skills lead to some exciting fermentation-related adventures at his agriculture college. I learned a lot about miso, sake, and meats that ferment underground!

The microbes are super cute, and it also has one of the best anthropomorphized earthworms I've ever seen:

I of course also loved the chapter on beneficial microbes and gut flora:

And toe fungus!

While there's a lot of silliness that happens, the characters are very serious about microbes:

There's even a live action adaptation with adorable CGI microbes that cheer "Let's brew!" that you can watch on YouTube!

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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