Illnesses have a tendency to clump together. An attack of the flu can bring on bacterial lung infections; in the USA almost half of all cases of bacterial sepsis occur following viral infections in the lungs.
The biological world is getting smaller. When bacteria were first discovered they were no more than blobs, small intriguing shapes beneath the glass of a microscope.
Electricity is usually thought of as a very human thing. Animals and plants in nature may be capable of extraordinary feats of engineering, but there are still a few developments that humans claim as uniquely their own; fire, the wheel, and electricity.For bacteria, on the other hand, the ability to push electrons down a small cable is just one more way to live, breath and communicate in a world full of niches to exploit.
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