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A chain of microbial museums in every ecological region across the world

Image credit: Cultures showcased at Micropia, from Instagram

Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain Nov 24, 2020
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Nitisha month ago
This idea definitely sounds cool but has certain limitations of its own. Such places' maintenance would be a tough task as all the known cultivable microbes are not that much friendly and need extra care. While a lot of people will visit these museums a little contamination could lead to a catastrophe. Moreover, culture viability and sustainability would also be another matter to handle carefully. In overall, with a humongous variety of microflora available, this idea seems to me not only conceivable but also a good opportunity to built a direct connection between us and our usually invisible partners.
Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarnia month ago
I like the idea. As an add-on feature, there can be a separate section for pre-historic microbes including those associated with dinosaurs. Although it is debated whether the microbes were really associated with the dinosaurs or whether the dinosaur fossils/ bones were contaminated with modern bacteria during the excavation. However, some bacterial species were found inside a fossilized bone, which puts more weightage on the thought that these species might have thrived inside the living dinosaur. Also, a recent study has identified some of the available DNA and show that it is a close match with Euzebya, a bacterium that has been found in tombs. (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/09/dinosaur-bone-microbes-debate/570037/) Anyhow, it will be interesting to observe these species in the proposed museum.