April 1, 2015

April 1st science

Want to live chemical free? Try Doctor Bacfarc’s Dark Matter Diet™! – Galileo’s Pendulum

Zoology: Here be dragons – Andrew J Hamilton – Nature

CERN researchers confirm existence of the Force, with scientist Ben Kenobi – Cian O’Luanaigh – CERN

Against April Fools’ in Science Journalism – Lee Billings – Scientific American

Human oral microbiome

Comparison of Oral Microbial Profiles between Children with Severe Early Childhood Caries and Caries-Free Children Using the Human Oral Microbe Identification Microarray – Chen Ma – PLOS ONE

Like pulling teeth: Microbiota at teeth and implants in partially edentulous patients. A 10-year retrospective study – Sigrun Eick – Clinical Oral Implants Research

Human respiratory microbiome

The daily dynamics of cystic fibrosis airway microbiota during clinical stability and at exacerbation – Lisa A Carmody – Microbiome

Human gut microbiome

Fate, activity, and impact of ingested bacteria within the human gut microbiota – Muriel Derrien, Johan E.T. van Hylckama Vlieg – Trends in Microbiology

Gut Microbiota and Tacrolimus Dosing in Kidney Transplantation – John R. Lee – PLOS ONE

Gut microbiota: Optimal sampling of the intestinal microbiota for research – R. Balfour Sartor – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Review: Towards a more comprehensive concept for prebiotics – Laure B. Bindels – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Pregnancy and birth microbiome

Antibiotic Exposure in Infancy and Risk of Being Overweight in the First 24 Months of Life – Antti Saari – Pediatrics

Animal microbiome

Bats: External Microbiota of Western United States Bats: Does It Matter Where You Are From? – Ara Kooser – BioRxiv

Aphids: Infection Dynamic of Symbiotic Bacteria in the Pea Aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum Gut and Host Immune Response at the Early Steps in the Infection Process – François Renoz – PLOS ONE

Plant microbiome

Presentation: Mining the Agave Microbiome for Adaptations to Arid Environments – Devin Coleman-Derr – JGI

Soil and plant root microbiome

Baseline Survey of Root-Associated Microbes of Taxus chinensis (Pilger) Rehd – Qian Zhang – PLOS ONE

Extremophile microbiome

Functional Characterization of Bacteria Isolated from Ancient Arctic Soil Exposes Diverse Resistance Mechanisms to Modern Antibiotics – Gabriel G. Perron – PLOS ONE

Built environment microbiome

Influence of a Non-Hospital Medical Care Facility on Antimicrobial Resistance in Wastewater – Mathias Bäumlisberger – PLOS ONE


Staph in staff: Capturing the cloud of diversity reveals complexity and heterogeneity of MRSA carriage, infection and transmission – Gavin K. Paterson


Marine sequestration of carbon in bacterial metabolites – Oliver J. Lechtenfeld – Nature Communications


Not microbial, but of interest: Inferring species interactions in ecological communities: a comparison of methods at different levels of complexity – Francesco Carrara – Methods in Ecology and Evolution


Insight into biases and sequencing errors for amplicon sequencing with the Illumina MiSeq platform – Melanie Schirmer – Nucleic Acids Research

Microbes in the news

Apparently, this is not a joke: #Kryptonia: Hiding in Plain Sight: Researchers using metagenomics and single-cell sequencing identify a potential new bacterial phylum – Kim Smuga-Otto – The Scientist

Can ‘ghosts’ cause bad air? Poor indoor air quality and ‘sightings’ – Science Daily

Cool Jobs: The Cave Microbiologist – Scientiflix

Bacteria are plural, Smithsonian. Found: The Bacteria That’s Making You Stink – Erin Blakemore – Smithsonian

Duke-UNC Collaboration Creating ‘Gut-on-a-Chip’ – Marla Vacek Broadfoot – Duke Translational Medicine Institute

Researchers Discover New Source Of Airborne Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria – Erin Schumaker – Huffington Post

Research proves that intestinal bacteria can be used to classify the effects of different diseases – Medical Xpress

VanillinAre Microbes the Taste-Makers of the Future? – Jeffrey Marlow – Wired.com

Your Microbiome “Tree” – Spectrum MIT
Microbiome Research: A New Frontier in Medicine – Elizabeth Dougherty – Spectrum MIT

Manipulative Microbiomes – Gut bacteria control tumor growth via the mammalian immune system – Jenny Rood – The Scientist

This might be April 1st joke, but realistic results: Scientists reveal the thousands of bacteria colonies growing on dirty coins and notes – Sarah Griffiths – Daily Mail

New ‘Intraterrestrial’ Virus Found in Ocean Depths – Patrick J Kiger – Discovery

Best date ever: Date syrup shows promise for fighting bacterial infections – Science Daily

Science, publishing, career

How Articles Get Noticed and Advance the Scientific Conversation – Victoria Costello – PLOS Blogs

A Biotic Game Design Project for Integrated Life Science and Engineering Education –
Nate J. Cira – PLOS Biology

Bik’s Picks

Getting away with murder: Global analysis of fungal morphology exposes mechanisms of host cell escape – Teresa R. O’Meara – Nature Communications

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Helps Citizen Scientists Build Connections to Nature – Eva Lewandowski – PLOS Blogs

Rats see the pain in other rats’ faces – Virginia Morell – Science Mag


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