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Mark O. Martin

Amazing stuff! You realize that, sooner or later, we are going to find viruses that contain some kind of innate metabolic activity within---say some kind of ATP generating ability necessary to keep its genome packaged properly. Then the paradigm will not simply crack a bit!

I also think a great deal about the intentional selection strategies we microbiologists use. The percentage of agar in top agar described here is a great example.

I wonder what else we are assuming in our work at the bench?

Notice again, friends and colleagues, we don't see this kind of information in textbooks! It's going to take many sources of information to teach the wonders of the microbial world, including blogs like this one.

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