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Animals in a bacterial world

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ants5This isn’t a research blog as such, just an attempt to get everyone to read a new perspective article entitled “Animals in a bacterial world”. Here at microbelog we’ve been banging on about how important symbioses between bacteria and eukaryotes are for a quite a while now. So imagine our excitement to read this article in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. Although slightly evangelical (or as one of my evolutionary biologist colleagues put it “messianic”), this is well worth a read. It’s also good to see Carl Woese and Lynn Margulis, both of whom sadly passed away recently, getting the credit they deserve. Facts like one third of human DNA is bacterial in origin is the kind of thing that gets us very excited! This is a call to arms and it’s certainly never been a more exciting time to be a microbiologist!

McFall-Ngai et al (2013). Animals in a bacterial world, a new imperative for the life sciences. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA

Image credit: Picture of a captive leaf-cutter ant colony taken by Andrew Smith, John Innes Centre, Norwich 2012.

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14/02/2013 at 12:45 pm

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