This past weekend I had my 60th birthday. I was delighted to celebrate it with wonderful colleagues, students, friends, and family.
At a dinner roast and toast, everyone sang When We’re Sixty Four (Thousand), a tribute from the E. coli in the LTEE to the People of the Lab. And several friends came up with new contributions at the intersection of science and culture.
This beauty is from Andy Ellington, a professor in the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology at the University of Texas and a member of the BEACON Center. As background, Andy coauthored a recent paper that helps to elucidate how one LTEE population evolved the novel ability to use citrate.
Without further ado, here’s his haiku …
Citrate just beyond.
Glucose is all gone.
[Image of citrate molecule from Wikimedia Commons]