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A little Lewis Thomas anybody? I write this quote on the inside cover of my lab notebooks, and I have done so since my undergrad days =)

"…even in our worst circumstances we have always been a relatively
minor interest of the vast microbial world. Pathogenicity is not the
rule. Indeed, it occurs so infrequently and involves such a relatively
small number of species, considering the huge population of
bacteria on earth, that it has a freakish aspect. Disease usually
results from inconclusive negotiations for symbiosis, an
overstepping of the line by one side or the other, a biological
misinterpretation of borders.”

Lewis Thomas 1974

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