Microbes and Their Impact on The Human Environment

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Define the word ubiquitous, and provide examples showing why this is an appropriate term to use when describing microbes.

You are a researcher researching Zika virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen. The number of cases of Zika have skyrocketed over the past few months and the weather service has recorded the data showing that this summer has been the wettest in the past 50 years. Using the scientific method, develop a sound hypothesis explaining the increase in disease cases and a method for testing this hypothesis.

Humans have learned through history how to use the abilities of microbes to their advantage. Considering ways that we use them (not how they naturally have become part of our microflora), describe 3 methods used in the environment, industry, and in our daily lives.

Describe the personal protective equipment you use in the laboratory and why it is necessary. Include procedures you use to protect both yourself and the microbe from contamination.

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The word “ubiquitous” refers to the state of something being existent everywhere and anywhere at the same time. It is sometimes used interchangeably with the word “omnipresent,” which is mostly used in the context of religion, to refer to an attribute of a supreme being. The word “ubiquitous” can be used synonymously with words like global, universal, worldwide, and pervasive. On the other hand, microbes or microorganisms are tiny living things that are found everywhere, whether in soil, water, air, and bodies of other living beings. They cannot be seen with naked eyes. Microbes’ existence in most environments of the earth’s ecology makes them of a ubiquitous nature(Finlay & Esteban, 2001). Microbes are also capable of surviving in hostile conditions where human beings and other complex animals cannot survive. For instance, aquatic thermophiles thrive in high-temperature environments of geysers. Chemosynthetic mats thrive in the deep cold ocean where light is scarce while they need energy from heat.