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    We asked microbiologist and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins about her time on the International Space Station, the challenges of working with bugs in space, and what's next for science that is out of this world.

    • Emily White
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    We spoke with Gary Nabel about research funding, making the move from academia to industry, transformative innovation to improve global health, and the current state of the infectious disease drug pipeline.

    • Nonia Pariente
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    We asked Jill Banfield, a mineralogist-turned-microbiologist, how she became interested in microbial communities, what she thinks about field work, how she manages a multidisciplinary team, and where microbiome studies are headed next.

    • Cláudio Nunes-Alves
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    Following the launch of an initiative at the World Economic Forum to prevent future epidemics, we spoke to the scientist at the helm of this coalition, John-Arne Røttingen, who answered our questions on epidemic preparedness, moving from academia to public health policy, evidence-based decision-making, and more.

    • Nonia Pariente
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    Few science writers capture the attention of readers quite like Ed Yong, columnist for The Atlantic, author of soon-to-be-published I Contain Multitudes, and all-round nice guy. We asked Ed a few questions; it felt like taking Lewis Hamilton out for a Sunday drive.

    • Andrew Jermy
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    We asked Neil Gow, chair of microbiology at the University of Aberdeen, UK, and president of the Microbiology Society, where his fascination with fungi started, what his life as a mycologist is like, and what the future holds.

    • Heidi Burdett
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    Colossal microbes taking over the world sounds like a B-movie plot, rather than the business plan of a stuffed toy manufacturer. We asked Drew Oliver, the creator and CEO of Giant Microbes, about how the company came about, how their products have been received and his plans for the future.

    • Andrew Jermy
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    Michele Banks (also known as @artologica ) is a US-based painter and collage artist whose works are based on scientific and medical themes, and who has a particular fascination with all things microbial. We caught up with Michele to ask about her art and the inspiration behind it.

    • Andrew Jermy