Why are scientists so interested in the health of seemingly insignificant creepy crawlies, vermin, microscopic blobs, and spindly weeds? This question is considered in a guest post up today on the March for Science blog by GSA Communications Director Cristy Gelling and University of California, Berkeley grad student Nicole Haloupek. Artist and Sanger Institute postdoc Alex Cagan has also created a stunning graphic to complement the post. Check it out and learn more about the basic research that fuels innovation!

We hope you will join us tomorrow in marching for science. Please share your pictures of the march (and your preparations) using the hashtag #GSAMarches! If you plan to meet the GSA group at the Washington, DC march, please register here.