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Kristen Witte

Kristen Witte (they/them) is a science writer and communicator based in Chicago. As an exhibit developer at the Museum of Science & Industry, they craft immersive experiences that connect people to each other and to the world around them. In a previous life, Kristen spent most their time watching yeast cells mate in exchange for a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Chicago. Now they use their yeast expertise to bake rosemary garlic sourdough bread that their toddler devours.

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Deep sub-surface "microbial dark matter" hasn't evolved since Pangea

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The ancient microbes have survived brutal conditions for millions of years and hit pause on evolution

This lab-grown meat grows on spinach skeletons

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For lab-grown meat to replace a fresh steak, it needs to look like one