The shift in tone from then to now is remarkable. What happened to the awe these systems used to inspire?
The few pathogens among bacteria give a bad rap to the majority that do wonderful things — for us and for our environment.
“MO-1 is a magnetotactic bacterium capable of orienting its cell body along the geomagnetic field lines by using magnetosomes.”
Nowhere do these scientists explain how bacteria invented magnetotaxis and encoded it into their genes.
These bugs could point the way to a treatment for cancerous tumors, thanks to their natural ability to maneuver by sensing the Earth’s magnetic field.