April 3, 2015

Check out today’s #PLOSBuzzFeed on Twitter for some Friday fun.

Human general microbiome

Only 10 microbes are designated by the International Agency for Cancer Research (IACR) as carcinogenic to humans (Review): Cancer and the microbiota – Wendy S. Garrett – Science

Microbiome of pregnancy and birth

Administration of a multistrain probiotic product (VSL#3) to women in the perinatal period differentially affects breast milk beneficial microbiota in relation to mode of delivery – Paola Mastromarino – Pharmacological Research

Conference abstract: Preterm Infant Gut Microbiome and Weight at 36 Weeks Corrected Gestational Age – Diana Taft – The FASEB Journal

Still in press: Should Infants Cry Over Spilled Milk? Fecal Glycomics as an Indicator of a Healthy Infant Gut Microbiome – Steven A Frese – Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition

Human respiratory microbiome

Conference abstract: Correlative Changes in Macrophage Polarization and Pulmonary Microbiota in Lung Transplant Recipients – E. Bernasconi – The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation

Harder to breathe (Review): The changing face of asthma and its relation with microbes – Chris S. Earl – Trends in Microbiology

Human gut microbiome / functional foods

Metabolic and physiologic effects from consuming a hunter-gatherer (Paleolithic)-type diet in type 2 diabetes – U Masharani – European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Findings from a Randomized Controlled Trial of Fecal Transplantation for Patients with Ulcerative Colitis – Noortje G. Rossen – Gastroenterology

Correlation between gut microbiota composition and parasitic infection of pre-adolescence in Malaysia – Chun-Wie Chong – Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection

Fit to the bone (review): The intestinal microbiome and skeletal fitness: connecting bugs and bones – Julia F. Charles – Clinical Immunology

Poster abstract: Effect of Prebiotic Fiber Intake on Adiposity and Inflammation in Overweight and Obese Children: Assessing the Role of the Gut Microbiota – Alissa C. Nicolucci – Canadian Journal of Diabetes

Animal models of microbiome

Poster abstract: Parallel Improvement in Body Weight, Glycemia, and Intestinal Permeability but not Body Fat with Prebiotic- and Antibiotic-Induced Gut Microbiota Modification – Marc Bomhof – Canadian Journal of Diabetes

Animal microbiome

Drosophila: The Impact of Host Diet on Wolbachia Titer in Drosophila – Laura R. Serbus – PLOS Pathogens

Soil and compost microbiome

Soil plots in Burgundy (but no vineyards!): Mapping and determinism of soil microbial community distribution across an agricultural landscape – Florentin Constancias – MicrobiologyOpen

Molecular profile of microbiota of Finnish commercial compost suppressive against Pythium disease on cucumber plants – D. Yu – Applied Soil Ecology

Wildfire effects on the properties and microbial community structure of organic horizon soils in the New Jersey Pinelands – Robyn A. Mikita-Barbato – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Extremophile microbiome (see also “Microbes in the news” below)

Microbial dwarves in the mines: Use of Phosphate Solubilizing Bacteria to Leach Rare Earth Elements from Monazite-Bearing Ore – Doyun Shin – Minerals

Food microbiology

This study smells: Microbiological spoilage and volatiles production of gutted European sea bass stored under air and commercial modified atmosphere package at 2oC – Foteini F. Parlapani – Food Microbiology

Viable cells differentiation improves microbial dynamics study of fermented milks – Davide Porcellato – International Dairy Journal

Wine electrophoresis? Inactivation of wine associated microbiota by continuous pulsed electric field treatments – Lucía González-Arenzana – Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies

Bioreactor microbiome

Characterization of the microbial community structure and nitrosamine-reducing isolates in drinking water biofilters – Wanfeng Wang – Science of the Total Environment

Bioinformatics

PhyloRelief: Explaining Diversity in Metagenomic Datasets by Phylogenetic-Based Feature Weighting – Davide Albanese – PLOS Computational Biology

One of the figures has the Giant Microbes in it! Personalized microbial network inference via co-regularized spectral clustering – Sultan Imangaliyev – Methods

Microbes in the news

“Life at the Limits” shows extremophiles aren’t just bacteria – AMNH exhibit includes live axolotls, nautiluses, and mantis shrimp – John Timmer – Ars Technica

uBiome’s Dental Campaign to Give Portion of Proceeds to Charitable Dental Organization
Partnering with Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America – PR Web

No Bonferroni correction but: Is The Microbiome Correlated with Income? The Answer Will Surprise You – Alexandra Carmichael – uBiome

Cross-posting this week’s contribution for MicroBE.netGently down the stream: the microbiome along a river’s course – Elisabeth Bik – MicroBE.net

Cleaning with Bleach May Lead to Childhood Infections
– Laura Geggel – Live Science

How the guts of poultry affect performance – Jake Davies – FWI

Cigarette Smoke Makes Superbugs More Aggressive – Heather Buschman – UC San Diego

The Plague Bacteria Found in Flea Samples Near Flagstaff – NAZ Today

Travelers Bringing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to U.S.: Strain of Shigella is easily transmitted and causes tough-to-treat diarrhea, CDC says – WebMD

France bans imports of Puglia vegetables as olive bacteria starts mini trade war – Nicole Winfield – US News

Science, publishing, and career

Hoax-detecting software spots fake papers – John Bohannon – Science

A career is like a love affair – Madeleine Jacobs – Science

Ten Simple Rules to Win a Nobel Prize – Richard J. Roberts – PLOS Computational Biology

Science and art

This is gorgeous: A Sprawling New Cut Paper Bacterium by Rogan Brownby – Christopher Jobson – Colossal

Bik’s Picks

All animal phyla in 35 photos – Melissa Hogenboom – BBC

Shelled Out: 5 Egg-Citing Facts – Laura Geggel – Live Science

My Real-Time Response To Learning What The Rock Eats Every Day – Mallory Ortberg

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