March 4, 2015

Human vaginal microbiome

Development of a microarray-based tool to characterize vaginal bacterial fluctuations: application to a novel antibiotic treatment for bacterial vaginosis – Federica Cruciani – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Human skin microbiome

Cutaneous Na+ Storage Strengthens the Antimicrobial Barrier Function of the Skin and Boosts Macrophage-Driven Host Defense – Jonathan Jantsch – Cell Metabolism

Review: Obesity, psoriasis, and microbiota: an unexplored dangerous connection? – Maria Grazia Roccia – Dermatologic Therapy

Animal and other models

The Gut Bacterium Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron Influences the Virulence Potential of the Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O103:H25 – Hildegunn Iversen – PLOS ONE

Insights into the Staphylococcus aureus-Host Interface: Global Changes in Host and Pathogen Gene Expression in a Rabbit Skin Infection Model – Natalia Malachowa – PLOS ONE

Editorial: SIGNing a symbiotic treaty with gut microbiota – Geanncarlo Lugo-Villarino – The EMBO Journal

Animal microbiome

A sting in the spit: widespread cross-infection of multiple RNA viruses across wild and managed bees – Dino P. McMahon – Journal of Animal Ecology

Plant microbiome

Review: Nitrogen fixing bacteria in the family Acetobacteraceae and their role in agriculture – Veronica Massena Reis and Kátia Regina dos Santos Teixeira – Journal of Basic Microbiology

Review: Navigating the labyrinth: a guide to sequence-based, community ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi – Miranda M. Hart – New Phytologist

Soil microbiome

Multi-omics of permafrost, active layer and thermokarst bog soil microbiomes – Jenni Hultman – Nature

Microbiome of the built environment

Spatial and Temporal Variations in Indoor Environmental Conditions, Human Occupancy, and Operational Characteristics in a New Hospital Building – Tiffanie Ramos – PLOS ONE

Metabolomics

Programmed Evolution for Optimization of Orthogonal Metabolic Output in Bacteria – Todd T. Eckdahl – PLOS ONE

Microbes in the news

Salty Diet May Fight Invading Microbes – Cell Press – Laboratory Equipment

Characterizing permafrost microbes in a changing climate – Phys.org

Pollution, human health tracked with sewage microbes – Elizabeth Pennisi – Science Magazine News

New light shed on microbial battleground between soil, roots – Max Planck Institute – AG Professional

McDonald’s to Curb Purchases of Chicken Raised With Antibiotics in U.S. – David Kesmodel – Wall Street Journal

Widespread risk of infectious diseases to wild bees, new study reveals – Science Daily

Note: the plague bacterium itself was NOT found. NYC Rats Harbor Plague Fleas – Bob Grant – The Scientist

American Society for Microbiology receives grant to support ICAAC – EurekaAlert

Cause of tree-killing fungus uncovered: Extra genes – Science Daily

Hope from the Deeps for Coral Reefs – Veronique Greenwood – PBS Nova

Science, publishing, and career

Congrats Young Scientists, You Face The Worst Research Funding In 50 Years – Sam Stein – Huffington Post

Data visualization: Science on the map — Easy-to-use mapping tools give researchers the power to create beautiful visualizations of geographic data – Mark Zastrow – Nature

Satire: Evolutionist Loses It As Colleague Conflates Homology and Similarity Yet Again – The Allium

Bik’s Picks

Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers – Science Daily

Where to Go When the Zombies Strike – Maggie Fox – NBC News

A Scientist Accidentally Developed Sunglasses That Could Correct Color Blindness — Li Zhou – Smithsonian Magazine

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