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The Microbes That Supercharge Termite Guts

With these microscopic organisms in their bodies, the insects can digest the indigestible.
Source: China Photos / Stringer / Getty

The 19th-century American scientist Joseph Leidy has been described as the “.” An extraordinary polymath, Leidy was a scholar of parasites, a , a collector of gemstones, a curator of museums, an exceptional illustrator, and the first person to use a microscope to solve a murder mystery. But learned though he was, he was still shocked by what we saw when he cut

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