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All Life is Microbial



Why is All Life is Microbial?

About two decades ago, the technological revolution of high-throughput sequencing made the previously invisible finally visible and uncovered a whole new biological world: Researchers began to realize that living beings only exist in functional symbioses with a multitude of microorganisms – bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes that colonize the bodies of their multicellular hosts. All animals and plants including humans are therefore metaorganisms. This discovery rendered a whole set of concepts and disciplines obsolete and paved the way for a new interpretation of the biological world: The metaorganism concept that defines all living beings as ecosystems consisting of a multicellular host and colonizing microorganisms living in an on it. Find out how our experts answer this fundamental question: Is all life microbial?