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Mark O. Martin

Actually, I would quote David Byrne (cowritten by Brian Eno, of all people) and his band, "Talking Heads" from the album "Remain in Light."

"Same as it ever was!"

I'm more and more convinced of the "pre-Darwinian" / "shared genome" model of Carl Woese. Prokaryotes were doing all this shuffling and swapping and darwinnowing (sorry about that) long before the first rickettsia or cyanobacterium was incorporated into a big bad proto-eukaryote.

It's Small Wisdom indeed! It brings to mind this great quote:

"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
-Pete Seeger

It's true enough, except Pete Seegar was off by quite a number of orders of magnitude!

Rest assured I will be showing this essay to my students when we discuss microbial evolution in a few weeks....thanks for posting this!

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