Microbiologist Anne Madden has an affinity for tiny single-celled organisms with the capacity for making a real difference in our daily lives. She was the scientific wizard who isolated a wild yeast from social wasps, called Lachancea thermotolerans, that we used to make an experimental beer.
And well before she started dabbling with fungi and other wasp-associated microbes, Anne worked with previously uncultured bacteria, in quest of novel antibiotics. During that time she gained a real appreciation for Streptomyces, the workhorse of antibiotic development, a species you probably haven’t even heard about.
Read Anne’s new story about Streptomyces in Invisible Life.