How Bacteria went from “Eww” to “Ahh”

With every public door handle, subway rail, or introduction of a stranger, our subconscious goes straight to germs. Last year, the largest producer of hand sanitizer brought in $83 million in revenue; what we grew up thinking was going to make us sick has now turned into the latest fad — bacteria. From food poisoning, to probiotics and kombucha, to contemporary art pieces at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; bacteria may actually be beneficial or better yet, even art.