Why Scientists Care So Much About Gnats, Weeds, and Brewer’s Yeast

By Becker1999 from Grove City, OH (March for Science, Washington, DC) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
By Becker1999 from Grove City, OH (March for Science, Washington, DC) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
On Earth Day, 2017, hundreds of thousands of people marched in major cities around the world in support of science. And as for me? I was asked to write a guest post for the March for Science’s blog highlighting the importance of fundamental research; in particular, I focused on model organisms, those humble creatures from dung-eating gnats to beer-making yeast on which so much of biology is based. Check it out to learn more about why we care about these seemingly lowly—and honestly, often kind of gross—creatures!

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