• Question: Which aspect in life do you think science influences the most?

    Asked by Betty to Marikka on 19 Nov 2014.
    • Photo: Marikka Beecroft

      Marikka Beecroft answered on 19 Nov 2014:

      It’s difficult to say because most of the things we use and are effected by have something to do with science! I think though in the past 10-20 years science has most influenced life through people’s health and well being. We’ve learnt more about how diseases work and also how our bodies work that we never knew before.

      For example until 5 years ago we had no idea there was bacteria living in our lungs we thought that they were sterile/free of microbes. So when we had lung infections we all thought it was because bacteria was present where it shouldn’t have been.

      Also in the past few years we’ve learnt more about how diseases work. We now realise that sometimes diseases aren’t caused by one bacteria but a collection of them or even a lack of one bacteria that is actually really useful for your body. We’ve realised this through science and now we know more about our health and bodies that could help us in the future!