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More than 500 students from public middle schools and high schools attended the Annual Meeting for the Science and Material Engineering Clubs held on October 28, 2016 by the Center for Nanotechnology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. This year's conference was titled, "Light and Nano-Bio-Medicine: How to protect human beings from disease".
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El Yunque National Forest. One of the sampling sites of GeMS.
Although we are in a constant war to get rid of them, we have always lived in a world dominated by microbes. Interestingly, there is a new science field that aims to reveal the secrets of the microbial planet, but not as a tactic of war. Even though we donít pay a lot of attention to our microscopic friends, the microbial communities support all life of Earth, even ours. For this cause, understanding the characteristics of this unexplored microbial world may help us to solve many of the environmental, medical, biotechnological, energetical, and economical challenges of the world. The name of this new science is Metagenomics.