Picture this. You’re a scientist, right? And you’ve got yourself a pretty nice lab setup; you’ve got big gleaming sterile tables, crisp white labcoat, state-of-the-art microscope trained down on a petri dish full of bacteria. And you’ve got some stuff you want to test out, some chemical that should interact with the bacteria in interesting ways. So you get your dropper, you fix one bacterium in your sights, and you juice it. Then you sit back and take notes. Maybe the chemical does what you thought, and the bacterium thrives. Maybe it doesn’t, and it dies. Maybe it reacts in really bizarre ways that you never saw coming, but hey, so much the better right? All data is good data, and you’re learning all sort of interesting things.
Now picture being the bacterium.