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Terms of Biology - The Parvome

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The term Parvome was introduced in 2008 by Julian Davies right here in this blog. It had been coined by Mark Martin from the Latin, parvus, for small, to describe the “humungous microbial world of small (secreted) molecules of great structural diversity” and, I should add, of immensely varied bioactivity. For ages, these have been called “secondary metabolites,” a term that was gratingly ambivalent to my ears.

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