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The case for biocentric microbiology

An interesting commentary by Ramy Karam Aziz, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, published in the journal Gut Pathogens claims "current microbiology is contaminated with anthropocentric convictions, many of which are irrational and negatively affect the objectivity of this science."

The definition of "Anthropocentric" according to Merriam-Webster is:

1 : considering human beings as the most significant entity of the universe
2 : interpreting or regarding the world in terms of human values and experiences

Following is Aziz's abstract:

"Microbiology is a relatively modern scientific discipline intended to objectively study microorganisms, including pathogens and nonpathogens. However, since its birth, this science has been negatively affected by anthropocentric convictions, including rational and irrational beliefs. Among these, for example, is the artificial separation between environmental and medical microbiology that weakens both disciplines. Anthropocentric microbiology also fails to properly answer questions concerning the evolution of microbial pathogenesis. Here, I argue that an exclusively biocentric microbiology is imperative for improving our understanding not only of the microbial world, but also of our own species, our guts, and the world around us."

Click "source" to read the entire piece.

Found via www.smallthingsconsidered.us
 
 

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