I accept Rich Lenski’s challenge to explain our research in the 1,000 most used words of the English language using the Up-Goer Five Text Editor (http://splasho.com/upgoer5/). Here is the result!
“We study how tiny living things move through water or stick together and grow in a group. We also study how these tiny living things talk to one another and work together to form these groups. These groups can make people sick so we also try to learn how to kill these groups of tiny living things to make people better.”
The only words that I tried to use that were excluded were swim, liquid, surface, and plants. I guess I have a simple mind!