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I’m sorry, were you bored with italics? Good—that’s why busy plant biologists hire editors like us to take care of the picky details. Let’s talk about something that is arguably more interesting—in fact, it has started Twitter feuds. That’s right: spaces (or the lack thereof)! Do put a space between the number and the unit,…

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wild type

Without a doubt, one of the phrases that gives our authors a lot of trouble is “wild type”—specifically, whether it should have a hyphen or not. Spawned back in the TH Morgan days when pioneering geneticists captured wild-type fruit flies from the “wild” —if the miasma of decaying bananas surrounding these labs could be called…

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