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Mark O. Martin

Bravo, Welkin! I don't know you, but I sure enjoyed this miniessay. I really could have used it about three weeks ago when I tried to cover microbial evolutionary history. Rest assured that it is now in the list of required materials for future courses. Textbooks move to slowly, and I really think that blogs (like STC) are extremely helpful in the classroom.

The recent Nature article about "sushi-degrading enzymes" that have moved via HGT from marine bacteria to the gut microbiota of certain human populations really wowed my students. Paleovirology will as well. And bonus points for the Crichton reference...

Again, what a wonderful job!

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