NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Microbes: Small, small world

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Text by Atlant Bieri
Photography by Martin Oeggerli

Washington DC, January 2013

Microbes have long been ignored. But now they seem to rule both the scientific and the public world. This is reason enough for the National Geographic to feature Micronaut’s image of Streptococcus bacteria on the magazines 125-years anniversary cover!

They live in your nose, your mouth, in your stomach and under your armpits: bacteria. For the 125-years anniversary issue of National Geographic Magazine, Martin Oeggerli took some amazing shots of these tiny life forms. Mouth microbes, intestinal bacteria or the waterborne Caulobacter are just some examples (visit our online gallery for additional microbe images)

Most prominently one of humanity’s greatest killers is featured on the cover: the pneumococci (Streptococcus pneumoniae). If they enter the blood stream, they mass propagate and can cause meningitis which in the worst case leads to death. Lucky enough, most bacteria species living on and in your body are not lethal. In fact they help us to survive.



About the cover: Micronaut’s Pneumococcus image climbs the 125-year anniversary-cover of the National Geographic Magazine. 

The article is accessible in various languages: English 








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