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A microorganism (or microbe) was a microscopic germ, plant or animal. Most are single-celled, but this is not a requirement. Some cause diseases of varying severity, while others are vitally important for producing foods and other products. The study of microorganisms is called microbiology.
In terraforming, the introduction of microorganisms is one of the final stages in creating a habitable biosphere. (TNG: "Home Soil") In order for Project Genesis to be successful, the host planet can possess only preanimate matter, otherwise, according to Doctor Carol Marcus, "there can't be so much as a microbe, or the show's off." (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
In 2368, Aaron Conor claimed that every microscopic lifeform on Genome colony was a part of the "master design" of what they saw as the genetic perfection of their community. (TNG: "The Masterpiece Society")
Jeffrey, the son of Kenneth (The Doctor), designed a microfilter implant for his school project. The implant was designed to cleanse an individual's blood of harmful microorganisms that were too small to stimulate an immune response. (VOY: "Real Life")
Types of microorganisms Edit
List of specific microorganisms Edit
- Andorian amoeba
- Artificial microbe
- Cyrillian microbe
- Genesis microbe
- Metallic lifeform
- Nitrium parasite
- Oprelian amoeba
- Polycocyx astris
- Quasi-energy microbe
- Rigelian fever vaccine
- Surata IV microbe
- Synthococcus novae
- Xindi neural parasite