Microbiology Quotes

Quotes tagged as "microbiology" (showing 1-11 of 11)
Charles Darwin
“We cannot fathom the marvelous complexity of an organic being; but on the hypothesis here advanced this complexity is much increased. Each living creature must be looked at as a microcosm--a little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms, inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars in heaven.”
Charles Darwin

“Always trust a microbiologist because they have the best chance of predicting when the world will end”
Teddie O. Rahube

Emma Thompson
“Quick dinner with ... Ang [Lee] and his wife Jane who's visiting with the children for a while. We talked about her work as a microbiologist and the behaviour of the epithingalingie under the influence of cholesterol. She's fascinated by cholesterol. Says it's very beautiful: bright yellow. She says Ang is wholly uninterested. He has no idea what she does.
I check this out for myself. 'What does Jane do?' I ask.
'Science,' he says vaguely.”
Emma Thompson, The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries: Bringing Jane Austen's Novel to Film

“In microbiology the roles of mutation and selection in evolution are coming to be better understood through the use of bacterial cultures of mutant strains.”
Edward Tatum

“I'm a microbiologist but writing makes my everyday exciting and fulfilling. I'm intrigued by the mystery of microbes but I just prefer making friends with pens and reams of paper. Writing for me is a terrific experience and it's more enjoyable than culturing those beautiful creatures in Petri dishes. These organisms will eventually lose their viability but my words will live on, filling the blank sheets with new ideas.”
Ifeoluwa Egbetade

Sam Kean
“Germans at the time believed, a little oddly, that dyes killed germs by turning the germs’ vital organs the wrong color.”
Sam Kean, The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

“The cause of nutrition and growth resides not in the organism as a whole but in the separate elementary parts—the cells.”
Theodor Schwann, Mikroskopische Untersuchungen Uber Die Ubereinstimmung in Der Struktur Und Dem Wachstum Der Tiere Und Pflanzen

“The more formidable the contradiction between inexhaustible life-joy and inevitable fate, the greater the longing which reveals itself in the kingdom of poetry and in the self-created world of dreams hopes to banish the dark power of reality. The gods enjoy eternal youth, and the search for the means of securing it was one of the occupations of the heroes of mythology and the sages, as it was of real adventurers in the middle ages and more recent times. . . . But the fountain of youth has not been found, and can not be found if it is sought in any particular spot on the earth. Yet it is no fable, no dream-picture; it requires no adept to find it: it streams forth inexhaustible in all living nature.”
Ferdinand Cohn

“If I set out to prove something I am no real scientist-- I have to learn to follow where the facts lead me-- I have to learn to whip my prejudices...”
Spallanzani

Robin Sloan
“It was a fungal party hellscape.”
Robin Sloan, Sourdough

Brenda Wilmoth Lerner
“Humanity shares a common ancestry with all living things on Earth. We often share especially close intimacies with the microbial world. In fact, only a small percentage of the cells in the human body are human at all. Yet, the common biology and biochemistry that unites us also makes us susceptible to contracting and transmitting infectious disease.”
Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, Infectious Diseases: In Context

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