<P>JASON: You have been an advocate of, and have indeed shown, that the frontiers of exploration lie in microbes. While most of our readers are biologists, and would agree with you, the rest of the world is only now waking up to this, thanks mostly to pandemic threats and awesome TV movies about zombies. Why should every person on the planet be interested in microbes? NATHAN: While it is perhaps not surprising that general audiences have an intuitive fear of the microbial world, your readers know better than anyone that the microbes that are pathogenic to human populations represent a trivial percentage of the microbial diversity of our planet. Work on the human microbiome has helped to enrich WKHSXEOLF?VXQGHUVWDQGLQJRIWKHEHQH?FLDO role that microbes play in human physiology, but we still have much more to do. That the ELRORJ\\RIRXUSODQHWLV?UVWDQGIRUHPRVW microbial in nature is often lost on people. The study of microbiology has massive potential to enrich our understanding of our world. When I think back to grade school, I wonder how much more engaged I would have been had someone explained that the chloroplasts responsible for photosynthesis in plants were long-lost cousins of free living F\\DQREDFWHULD7KDWZHFRQWLQXHWR?QG fundamentally new forms of microbial life ?WKLQNVSXWQLNYLURSKDJH?GHPRQVWUDWHV how little we still know about the microbial ZRUOGDQGKRZRSHQLWLVIRUVFLHQWL?F discovery and exploration. 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