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David Baltrus
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Taking Stock 2/n How much should I work vs. how much did I work
Six years ago (nearly to the day) I started my lab at the University of Arizona. There have been numerous ups and downs in science and outside of science, but I'm still here. My tenure package was submitted last August (I've gotten good news but nothing off...

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Teaching Microbiology in the Era of #Fakenews
Wanted to briefly post about an interesting situation I'm encountering right now in my Microbial Genetics class. We just had a quiz exercise where I effectively asked this True/False question: True/False During bacterial transcription, RHO-DEPENDENT termina...

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Taking Stock 1/n
Six years ago (nearly to the day) I started my lab at the University of Arizona. There have been numerous ups and downs in science and outside of science, but I'm still here. My tenure package was submitted last August (I haven't heard back yet but expect t...

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mSphere Direct and Peer Review
I guess I've gone through the inevitable "slowdown in blog posts" phase of the blog. To be honest, it's not that I haven't had things to say, it's just been quite hectic as many of you know. More on that later...It's taken some time, but I've found my footi...

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Reconciling the Hologenome
There have been a couple of rounds of back and forth in print and online ( here , here , here , here , and some shameless self promotion here  and here ...among multiple other places over the years). There is apparently an mBio s pecial series starting toda...

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Trying to build the cheapest computer that can run an Oxford Nanopore MinION Part I
One of the most difficult things to do in life is to admit that you don't know something. Along those lines, it also very difficult to stumble through learning things (and to make mistakes) in full view of the public. I'm about to do both, but hopefully thi...

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Coevolution and the Microbiome
Coevolution is defined as cases where two (or more) species RECIPROCALLY affect each other's evolutionary dynamics. Reciprocally is highlighted in every way that I possibly could in the preceding sentence because this aspect really is key. It's a difficult ...

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We tend to be harshest those we love...
Last year a paper was published investigating links between natural transformation and type VI secretion mediated killing, and I cobbled together a blog post with some select thoughts about this paper ( here ). It's recently come to my attention (should hav...

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How to (not) write a microbiome grant, part II. A deeper dive on preliminary data
As in Part I, a few quick notes that come to mind as I'm reviewing microbiome grants.... One of the biggest challenges and frustrations with grant writing is knowing just how much and what type preliminary data to include and how much detail on methods to p...

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How to (not) write a microbiome grant, Part I
I'm involved in something that I shouldn't talk much about, but suffice it to say I'm smack dab in the middle of evaluating multiple different microbiome grants. As such I'm the exact target audience you should be aiming to reach with your microbiome grant,...
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