“Earth’s Unseen Universe” –A Hidden World of Microbial Dark Matter


Scientists believe that as many as a quarter of the microbes on earth could come from the roughly 30 phyla–a classification between kingdoms and classes–of microbes that have never been grown in a lab culture and could be dominating nearly all the environments on Earth except for the human body. “All vertebrates, every single animal with a spine, are contained within a single phylum. So this means that we potentially have 30 different types of microbes that are each as different from any already known microbe as giraffes are from starfish.”