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Microorganisms 2014, 2(4), 140-146;

Microorganisms—A Journal and a Unifying Concept for the Science of Microbiology

Editorial-in-Chief of Microorganisms, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia 4072, Queensland, Australia
Received: 3 December 2014 / Accepted: 12 December 2014 / Published: 12 December 2014
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The MDPI journal Microorganisms is still very young, having been launched in 2013, but the concept of the microorganism has been in use for at least a century as a unifying principle for the discipline of microbiology, which was cemented firmly by the intellectual work of Roger Stanier and colleagues in their Microbial World and other general microbiology textbooks and related articles from the 1950s to the 1970s [1,2]. Merging the idea of the microscopic and the very small with the older idea of an organism as a living entity or cell, the concept of a microorganism enabled a real appreciation of the microbial world as one that is amenable to study using similar tools and approaches even though representing distinctly different types of reproductive units and cell organizations. In the late 20th century following the work of Carl Woese and other molecular evolutionists, biologists came to appreciate the commonality among all organisms, all being comprised of cells that bear a remarkable similarity to one another and that share a common evolutionary ancestry, and consequently with major features of a largely shared genetic code and molecular biology. In this sense microbiology and biology as a whole became unified as they never had been before.[...] View Full-Text
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