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As apex organisms in the scope of Earth’s multi-tiered web of life, most of us go about our day-to-day activities oblivious to the fact that bacteria are literally everywhere. Microorganisms can thrive in the most surprising locales—places totally inhospitable to human life. Recently, scientists from Harvard documented a flourishing bacterial ecosystem buried under 400 meters of ancient glacial ice; more common bacteria, Salmonella may lurk on your dinner plate, as a report citing 48,600 infections across ten states in 2008 attests; and if it’s any indication from this scientific pursuit, there are loads of odor-causing bacteria on our bodies. Bon appétit and have a nice time in space/Antarctica!

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