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Basic Information

Microbiology is the science of studying organisms too tiny to be seen with the naked eye; usually single-celled, cell colonies or ones lacking the usual cell structure.

The basic divisions of life (and therefore of microbiology) are as follows:

- although some or all of these terms may be in dispute at any point as the field of taxonomy continues to mutate.

More controversially, microbiology may also include:

  • Viruses (arguably not alive) - little more than packaged genetic information designed to hijack other cells.
  • Prions (even less alive than viruses) - mutant proteins which can reproduce after a fashion by deforming natural proteins created by living organisms.

Microbes in general are the key tools of the fields of biotechnology and biochemical engineering - even those areas old enough not to be commonly considered to belong to them.

Historically, microbes were also known as animaculae (little animals).

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Game and Story Use

  • Microbiologists are one of the standard NPCs (or even PCs) to have around for certain plots.
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