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Good Microbes Make Good Pets

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THIS is good scicomm. Why? Well, for many reasons – good writing, good sound, good editing – but by far the most apparent, the reason most people will sit up and take note is because of the strong visuals. This is illustrator Benjamin Arthur’s third collaboration with NPR on science animations and it shows what can happen when talented creatives get more time and more freedom to explore the weird and wonderful depths of their imaginations. How better to illustrate the complex and mysterious world we call the microbiome than by creating a unique, almost Seussian world of microbes?

Illustrations and animations by Benjamin Arthur
Sound and Music by Jonathan Arthur

Previous NPR/Arthur collaborations:
Why Can’t We Walk Straight?
The Billion Bug Highway

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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

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  1. 1. tuned 2:49 pm 11/29/2013

    We know bad germies can make us severely ill.
    They can maim and they can kill us.
    Good germies abd bad are killed when we takes defensive measures.
    What’s a dude to do?
    “Help, Mr. Wizard!”

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  2. 2. KENNETH LANE 3:26 pm 11/30/2013

    Antibiotics are part of our food chain from the feed level for most livestock. Finding ways to drop these usages would go a long way in weaning us from our addiction.

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  3. 3. bucketofsquid 5:11 pm 12/2/2013

    Most “bad” germs are simply germs out of their proper habitat. Keep them where they belong and in a balanced population and they are “good” germs. “Organic” labelled food and nutritional supplements are generally not the way to go to insure proper microbial health

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