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Jonathan Eisen blogs about Jim Collins' recent talk at the ASM Meeting in Boston. "There are clearly some big changes planned at NSF for 'microbial' research," Eisen writes, adding that the plan seems to be to merge formerly microbe-focused projects into other, larger programs, like NEON, Assembling the Tree of Life, and others.

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