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Putting microbes to work

Microbes are great at making products we use in our everyday lives.

We have worked out many ways to exploit the biochemical innovations that microbes have invented over billions of years.

Find out more about the everyday benefits we get from Industrial Biotechnology with Prof. Gavin Thomas in this video.

Here are some questions to consider while you’re watching the video. We’d be happy to hear your views in the comments after you’ve watched the video.

  • What kind of products can microbes not make and why?
  • Are there any microbes we grow just to eat directly?
  • Do we ever use Archaea in biotechnology? If so, for what?
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