My work has appeared in a variety of outlets, including Wired, Smithsonian, BBC Future, BBC Earth, New Scientist, National Geographic, Slate, and Discover. (http://www.wired.com/author/marcuswoo/)
Home bakers in the U.S., Europe and some other countries have volunteered their sourdough starters to a team of American scientists who want to unravel the microbial secrets of sourdough.
Those first bubbles were almost a revelation. A couple of days before, I had mixed together flour and water into a paste. But now pockets of gas percolated through that seemingly inert glob. It was breathing. It was alive.