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Robert Brucker
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Mom Knows Best
Figure 1. Sources of microbial transmission in humans from mother to child. Cut-away diagram highlighting the various internal and external sources of maternal microbial transmission as well as the species that are commonly associated with transfer from tho...

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SciCommTips episode 2 - No blind eye to Colorblind
When preparing a figure for a presentation, manuscript, or proposal something to keep in mind is your use of color. I am a big fan of the...

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New science illustration post. X-rays and starfish.

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I have started a web series on Science Communication Tips. This first one is about how to take a figure created in MS Office and move it into Adobe Illustrator for editing.

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A gallery of my Nasonia SEM images

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The final summation of the roundtable on the hologenome

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Live blog of the hologenome round table discussion here

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Is there enough scientific evidence to conclude that the nuclear genome, mitochondria and microbiome of an animal or plant represent a persistent evolutionary unit called the "hologenome"? This google + hangout seeks to assemble diverse opinions on the topic in order to broadcast the pros and cons of the evidence and reason a consensus from different vantage points.

Key agenda items will include:

1. Is the word "hologenome" jargon or useful to the life sciences?
2. What additional evidence is required to broadly substantiate the hologenome concept of Life?
3. What will be the rules, if there are any rules, of the hologenome?
4. Is the hologenome part of a New Synthesis in biology?

We welcome everyone's input. Please join us on August 28th and share the announcement.

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<a class='ot-hashtag' href='https://plus.google.com/s/%23hangoutsonair'>#hangoutsonair</a>Seth Bordenstein

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Interesting perspective on the hologenome's use of epistasis. I think it is a valid argument that is well worth discussing. There needs to be better definitions for a lot of these words/new words to fit our definitions.
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