Everyone has a hobby, or something that they enjoy doing. For me it is cooking and playing around with new hairstyles. For you, or somebody else it could be physical exercise or music.

When a cook creates a new recipe, or an artist a new canvas or a musician a new musical piece; they tend to be excited about it. What about you? Isn’t there a feeling of exhilaration when you achieve a new level of expertise in your field?

For a scientist, it is the thrill of discovery that they love. What can they find out that they do not know already? What is the use of those discoveries? Finding those things give them the thrill of excitement that everyone gets at times over an achievement of theirs.

Today we are going to find out the reason behind scientists excitement and interest in prokaryotes. Why are they so important to them?

Well, the discoveries involving prokaryotes are a big deal because previously we did not know much about them. In fact, some people thought that they were useless! Today we know that to be wrong.

Scientists became excited over what they were discovering about these organisms. They found out that prokaryotes are the causes of many diseases, (such as Lyme Disease) but there are helpful ones as well. An organism that was previously thought of as unimportant and irrelevant now has a useful purpose.

Scientists were excited about the possibilities that could come from their research. Prokaryotes are now used in drug testing and are useful in many medicines. Another thing to think about though, is since we know prokaryotes can be harmful scientists  can do extra research to create cures and medication to help stop diseases.

Prokaryotes are helpful to the environment as well. We can use them to help clean up destroyed areas of the world. Some also have the capabilities to extract chemical waste from the environment around them.

Now you see why scientists get all excited over the discoveries that they make. It is because they have vision enough to look ahead and see new possibilities!



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