August 2019 cover

Bacteria express a remarkable diversity of life cycles, but studying the organization and evolution of these cycles remains a challenge. Analysis in the phylogenetic group of the Bacilli reveals the modular organization of their life cycle and its evolutionary consequences.

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Van Gestel et al. Microbial life cycles link global modularity in regulation to mosaic evolution. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 3 1184-1196 (2019).

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.