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What is wrong with this picture?

Miranda Robertson

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BMC Biology, BioMed Central, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8HL, UK

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BMC Biology 2012, 10:76  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-10-76

Published: 3 September 2012

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

When we first published our iconic image (Figure 1), devised on the fusion of BMC Biology with Journal of Biology in 2010 [1], we anticipated outraged objections from the microbial research community (among others) with a disclaimer acknowledging an element of artistic licence in the allocation of space per phylum (see legend to Figure 1, reproduced from [1]), successfully disarming Jonathan Eisen (http://phylogenomics.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/no-award-to-give-out-but-here-are-some.html webcite) when he justly rose to the attack last year, and so far avoiding aggrieved comment on the underrepresentation of beetles.