If imitation is the highest form of flattery then hopefully João Xavier won't mind that we've decided to follow in his lab tradition of designing an annual lab mug. Admittedly our quick adoption of this tradition was facilitated by the fact that my husband was at the time working for Shutterfly, and custom mugs were easily acquired at a steep discount! This inaugural 2016 mug depicts two of our favorite entities of study, commensal skin bacteria and adaptive immune cells (let's presume they're T cells).
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Having reached a lab quorum of 4 people for a period of two weeks, we decided it was time to celebrate. Dinner, drinks and some hotly contested rounds of the game Wits and Wagers were evening highlights. Our favorites wits and wagers question: On what % of dollar bills can infectious pathogens be found? Answer: >90%!