So, at long last, after years of trying and failing to raise funds to fully test a hypothesis I developed on how bacteria in microbiomes might interact with their hosts, my colleague at UCLA and I have finally just submitted a hypothesis paper. The model I had in mind to test was an intestinal bacterium and mouse or human cell lines, but the interaction mechanism could apply equally to bacteria and plants or fungi, and the hypothesis paper we submitted makes this clear. I really have no idea how it will be received, but my fingers are crossed.
There are lots of people to thank for this particular paper, as I’ve had valuable conversations with many researchers, and in 2014 the original work leading to this paper was partially funded by Project: Cancer-Fighting Gut Bacteria, a crowdsourcing effort funded by about a dozen people. I’m grateful to them all, as I am to Jonathan Agin, who penned an article describing how people were more outraged about fictional character Brian Griffin dying on the television show Family Guy than they were about actual human children dying of cancer. That article was a major inspiration for me to take the risk of starting the crowdsourcing project. I’m also grateful to Seth MacFarlane, who circulated Mr. Agin’s article on social media (else I would never have seen it), and, of course, to my late brother Fred, whose untimely death from cancer in 2003 was also a major source of inspiration for me.
Here is hoping the reviewers look upon our manuscript kindly.