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Mark O. Martin

Bravo, Elio. I now know what paper my students will be dissecting in detail during discussion section in a week or two. Many thanks!

You essay got me thinking. John Donne wrote:

"No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. "

And it is absolutely true that no microbe is an island, either. Genomic or otherwise.

We are all part of a metaorganism, it sure seems. This paper is another piece of the puzzle.

-Mark Martin

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