The meaning of microbes

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Science  20 Feb 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6224, pp. 832
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa3119

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The American philosopher of popular culture known to the music world as “Madonna” once concluded that “we are living in a material world.” In Philosophy of Microbiology, Maureen A. O'Malley, a philosopher of biology, authoritatively sets the issue straight, arguing that we are in fact living in a microbial world, and that a realization of this will change the way we perceive biological phenomena, and the manner in which they are investigated.