Worlds Enough and Time

February 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

At io9 — the Gawker Media blog that focuses on science fiction, futurism and advancements in the fields of science and technology — editor Annalee Newitz reports that a group of European microbiologists have discovered an entire ecosystem living off of the pages of an 800-year-old manuscript:

An Italian manuscript written in 1293 languished in an archive for hundreds of years, when librarians noticed that it had begun to decay strangely. What could cause it to suddenly start turning into pulp? A group of European microbiologists decided to find out. They knew it was being eaten by fungus and bacteria, but they were curious to find out what kinds – and how many. What they discovered was that a single book could play host to an entire ecosystem.

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