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Probable Meets Possible: Learning to speak microbe

Join for conversations this fall with University scientists about how discoveries happening now may impact the future.

Microbes exist in communities just like us and, just like us, they communicate. As scientists come to better understand how they communicate, they are identifying ways to alter that communication to create alternatives to antibiotics, prevent corrosion and much more. Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Mikael Elias and Will Harcombe about the ability of microbes to communicate, the effects of communication on their environment and human health, and recent and future advances in the understanding of the numerous microbial languages.

Wednesday, November 18
4 - 5 p.m. CT | via Zoom


More about the Probable Meets Possible series

Humans impact the planet at every scale from the composition of microbes in our soil to the function (or dysfunction) of entire ecosystems. Some suggest the current geological era should be called the Anthropocene in recognition of the outsized role we play in shaping the world around us. Our ability to understand how things work and, potentially, how to make them work for us to address pressing issues has never been greater. Given the rapid pace of discovery, what would it look like if we could time travel into the not-too-distant future. Investigators talk about the probable challenges we face and the possible developments that could shape the future in profound ways. Check out the October event as well.

The series is moderated by the Bell Museum's Holly Menninger.
Organized by the College of Biological Sciences and the Bell Museum.

September, 2020