Why bacteria are climate-defending vigilantes
Can we cut pollution naturally by modifying microorganisms – or will this come back to haunt us later on?
As humans, it can be difficult to differentiate microorganisms between the classes of adversary or ally. Bacteria such as certain strains of Escherichia coli or Streptococcus can cause debilitating illness, yet approximately one-hundred trillion good bacteria reside in our guts and are essential for our survival.
Despite the somewhat fickle allegiance mi…