People who work on pathogens, especially really nasty ones, have built in marketing and fundraising tools. They have nicknames (for the organism, the disease, or both): Good ones. Like “black death” “flesh eating bacteria” “bone break fever” any “wasting disease” any “hemorrhagic fever” “male killer” and more. Now – there are a few non pathogens with good nicknames, like “Conan the bacterium” for Deinococcus radiodurans. But I think we really need to work on better nicknames for non pathogenic microbes. So here are a few proposals:
Any halophilic archaea -> “salt monsters”
Prochlorococcus -> The carbon eater
Rhizobium -> The fixer
Any methanogen -> Fartilicious
Myxococcus xanthus -> The stalker
Nanoarchaeum -> The Hobbit
Tetrahymena thermophila -> The hymenator
Come on everyone. Let’s get some better nicknames.
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Haemophilus influenzae: the little vampire (also Joel Dacks)
Helicobacter pylori -> The gut-twister
How about “Acid screw” for H. pylori?
the “acid rust” for A. ferroxidans
E. coli – 'the boring one'.