January 14, 2015

Human gut microbiome

Review: Fusobacterium and Escherichia: models of colorectal cancer driven by microbiota and the utility of microbiota in colorectal cancer screening – Andrea Leung – Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Animal microbiome

Passage of Wolbachia pipientis through Mutant Drosophila melanogaster Induces Phenotypic and Genomic Changes – Irene L. G. Newton and Kathy B. Sheehan – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Water microbiome

Alternative Fecal Indicators and Their Empirical Relationships with Enteric Viruses, Salmonella enterica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Surface Waters of a Tropical Urban Catchment – L. Liang – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Genomic and proteomic characterization of “Candidatus Nitrosopelagicus brevis”: An ammonia-oxidizing archaeon from the open ocean – Alyson E. Santoro – PNAS USA

More microbiology

Innate sensing of microbial products promotes wound-induced skin cancer – Esther Hoste – Nature Communications

Identifying strains that contribute to complex diseases through the study of microbial inheritance – Jeremiah J. Faith – PNAS USA

Long-term phenotypic evolution of bacteria – Germán Plata – Nature

Co-infection alters population dynamics of infectious disease – Hanna Susi – Nature Communications

Ferment in the family tree – Nathaniel J. Dominy – PNAS USA

Infection and Host response

Profiling lymphocyte interactions at the single-cell level by microfluidic cell pairing – Burak Dura – Nature Communications

B-cell repertoire responses to varicella-zoster vaccination in human identical twins
Chen Wang – PNAS USA

Metabolomics

Next-generation sequencing approach for connecting secondary metabolites to biosynthetic gene clusters in fungi – Ralph A. Cacho – Frontiers in Microbiology

The chemistry of negotiation: Rhythmic, glycan-driven acidification in a symbiotic conversation – Julia A. Schwartzman – PNAS USA

Microbes in the news

I love this title! Featuring Margaret McFall-Ngai: Microbiology: Here’s looking at you, squid – Ed Yong – Nature

How Bread, Beer, and Soy Sauce Changed the Human Microbiome – Francie Diep – Popular Science

Early human microbiome studies may aid modern nutrition science – Nathan Gray – Nutraingredients

Understanding the personalities of bacteria – Phys.org

2014: The Year of the Virus – Joan B. Rose – Huffington Post

Have viruses made us smarter? ‘Junk’ virus genes in our DNA may have helped our brain cells evolve – By Victoria Woollaston – Daily Mail

With Vedanta Deal, Johnson & Johnson Marks Big-Pharma Milestone in the Microbiome – Alex Lash – Xconomy

Scientists developing Teflon for bacteria – Amanda Schupak – CBS News

Understanding the personalities of bacteria – Phys.org

#BacteriaHysteria – beautiful, not filthy! Smartphone bacteria ‘prints’ show how filthy your mobile really is – Rob Waugh – Metro

Science, publishing and career

A generation at risk: Young investigators and the future of the biomedical workforce – Ronald J. Daniels – PNAS USA

Work–life balance: Lab life with kids – Kendall Powell – Nature

Bik’s Picks

‘I can haz genomes’: cats claw their way into genetics – Canine dominance bows to tabby chic as cat sequencing takes off – Ewen Callaway – Nature
and
Out of the bag: The preference for either cats or dogs affects science more than you might think– Nature

Geographically varying associations between personality and life satisfaction in the London metropolitan area – Markus Jokela – PNAS USA

Very important science: Watch a chainsaw made with shark teeth slice through salmon – Francie Diep – Popular Science

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