March 27, 2015

Science Direct is down today, and all links to their papers did not work. Hopefully they can fix that soon.

Pregnancy and birth

Does Breastfeeding Help to Reduce the Risk of Childhood Overweight and Obesity? A Propensity Score Analysis of Data from the KiGGS Study – Maike Miriam Grube – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

An n=1 case report of a child with autism improving on antibiotics and a father’s quest to understand what it may mean – John Rodakis – Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease

Soil and sediment microbiome

SIP metagenomics identifies uncultivated Methylophilaceae as dimethylsulphide degrading bacteria in soil and lake sediment – Özge Eyice – The ISME Journal

Water microbiome

Polar freshwater cyanophage S-EIV1 represents a new widespread evolutionary lineage of phages – C Chénard – The ISME Journal


Metatranscriptomic census of active protists in soils – Stefan Geisen – The ISME Journal


Speeding Up Ecological and Evolutionary Computations in R; Essentials of High Performance Computing for Biologists – Marco D. Visser – PLOS Computational Biology

Large-Scale Search of Transcriptomic Read Sets with Sequence Bloom Trees – Brad Solomon, Carleton Kingsford – BioRxiv


Evaluation of four methods of assigning species and genus to medically important bacteria using 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis – Geon Park – Microbiology and Immunology

Microbes in the news

Surprises Emerge As More Hunter-Gatherer Microbiomes Come In – Ed Yong – National Geographic

Poo’s clues: what sewage can tell us about public health – Roger Pickup – Quartz

Our Plan to Combat and Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria – Sylvia Mathews Burwell et al. – White House

Different takes on justice – Larry Forney’s microbial ecology work on the vaginal microbiome has given him a unique perspective on biological diversity and justice – UI Argonaut

On terroir, and the vine’s microbiome – Steve Heimoff

Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT2015) conference Roundup – Dale Yuzuki – Behind the Bench

Give Breast Milk Some women are computer programmers or impressive cooks. I’m good at producing breast milk. – Elizabeth Currid-Halkett – New York Times.

Science, publishing, and education

From start to finish: A guide to informational interviewing – Prital Patel – Nature Jobs

Stanford is investigating an ‘unusually high number’ of student cheating allegations – Business Insider

Bik’s Picks

30 Previously-Unknown Species of Fly Discovered in Los Angeles – Annalee Newitz – Gizmodo

Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter – Geoff Brumfiel – NPR

The mysterious deaths of all but one bluefin tuna in Tokyo Sea Life Park – Lindsey Bever – Washington Post


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