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Hey, bacteria are individuals too

Each person carries 10 times as many bacterial cells as human cells, the former of which have continued to evolve in response to medicine's most potent antibiotics. But microscopic bugs don't just dictate human health—they're also integral to the health of every body of water on the planet. According to Ferdi Hellweger, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern, microbial pollution represents one of the most significant problems for our lakes, rivers, and estuaries.

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