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Mark O. Martin

Oh, I am so glad you wrote this one up, Elio! I taught this paper last semester, and it was wonderful! I love the concept of microbes that induce their macrobial partner into feeding and housing them! The students are always amazed by how Agrobacterium inserts the DNA necessary to force plants to make a house (gall) and stock it with food for the bacterium (opines).

So this is a wonderfully similar proof of how microbes can modulate and modify their mutualist partners in remarkable ways! Plus, some of the data necessary had been known for decades, waiting for the rest of the metaphorical dominoes to fall.

Finally, when John Roth talks (writes), I listen (read).

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