Microbes Around Us

Microbes are everywhere, shaping the environment, even indoors, and a series of studies indicates that the design of those indoor spaces may affect what microorganisms are found there, Wired reports.

"Design choices at the level of a whole building make a really big impact on the types of invisible organisms that you see in a room," Jessica Green, a microbial ecologist at the University of Oregon, tells Wired.

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