06 Feb 2018 18:39 IST

The horror of a world without microbes

It’s not the paradise that germophobes might imagine

Have you ever wished for a world without germs, microbes, bacteria, virus, fungi and any single-celled being? Well, you better take that wish back. A world without microbes spells doom; not just of humans but the entire planet. A completely sanitised world would lead to the death of life as we know it.

To read about the importance of microbes and why we should treasure them, check out Ed Yong's latest article in The Atlantic.