Month: March 2008

The World’s Smallest Organisms & Their Importance

Posted by – March 30, 2008

Biology is faced with the problem:  the field in general does not understand much of what it studies.  One method of solving this is to study the smallest organisms known, in an effort to “understand 100% of something small.”  This is a typical engineering approach, to understand the smallest system first, then work up to attempting to understand larger systems.  After understanding the organisms, of course, we have a better chance at modifying them (their DNA) into something useful (or, rather, something that actually lives at all).