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Seth Bordenstein
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Scientist, Professor, Education Director on the microbiome, evolution, Wolbachia, bacteriophage, and antibiotics.
Scientist, Professor, Education Director on the microbiome, evolution, Wolbachia, bacteriophage, and antibiotics.

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Microbes are our ancient mothers.

You may be asking yourself what exactly is this microbiome? Why is it so 'big' right now? Is this science developing in Nashville labs and classrooms?

The microbiome is the totality of microbes (bacteria, archaea, viruses, etc.) in an environment, including your body, home, food, plants, water, etc. By its very definition, the microbiome is invisible without the aid of a microscope. If you were to strip away your human cells and peak through the looking glass, your microbial associates would shine bright!

Find out more about what we've been up to this past year at Vanderbilt and check in from time to time to learn about developments.
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Our new website on the Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative just launched. Join us there for new developments, and check in from time to time.
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Our new publication of the phage genes involved in hijacking animal reproduction.
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This is one of the best, recent articles I've read on the philosophy and science of holobionts.

https://aeon.co/essays/what-constitutes-an-individual-organism-in-biology
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Periodic reminder that holobionts and hologenomes are structural definitions like holoenzymes that do not imply permanent stability nor a common evolutionary trajectory of host and microbes.

http://msystems.asm.org/content/1/2/e00028-16
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Wow - an incredible success story for the Wolbachia Project.

A former AP Biology high school student from Falmouth, Massachusetts is now passing on the Wolbachia Project to her students in Vermont.

Thanks everyone for building the inspiring community that enables this continuity.

#scied #Wolbachia #community
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