April 8, 2015


#UMassMedChat on the microbiome is Thursday at 11:30 a.m.- UMass Center for Microbiome Research to answer questions on gut health

Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome, Friday, June 19, 2015 – The New York Academy of Sciences

Human respiratory microbiome

Analysis of microbiota in stable patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – Estefania Aguirre – APMIS

Human gut microbiome

Site-specific programming of the host epithelial transcriptome by the gut microbiota – Felix Sommer – Genome Biology

Animal microbiome

Horses and pigs: Lactobacillus ruminis strains cluster according to their mammalian gut source – Michelle M O’ Donnell1 – BMC Microbiology

Turkeys: Rye Affects Bacterial Translocation, Intestinal Viscosity, Microbiota Composition and Bone Mineralization in Turkey Poults – Guillermo Tellez – PLOS ONE

Amphibians: Larval exposure to polychlorinated biphenyl 126 (PCB-126) causes persistent alteration of the amphibian gut microbiota – Kevin D. Kohl – Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Tsetse fly: Paternal transmission of a secondary symbiont during mating in the viviparous tsetse fly – Linda De Vooght – Molecular Biology and Evolution

Squid and Vibrio fisheri: Signaling between two interacting sensor kinases promotes biofilms and colonization by a bacterial symbiont – Allison N. Norsworthy and Karen L. Visick – Molecular Microbiology
Sponges: Phylogenetic diversity of sulphate-reducing Desulfovibrio associated with three South China Sea sponges – D. Zhang – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Plant root and soil microbiome

Plant diversity increases soil microbial activity and soil carbon storage – Markus Lange – Nature Communications

Phylogenetic relatedness determined between antibiotic resistance and 16S rRNA
genes in actinobacteria – Marketa Sagova-Mareckova – BMC Microbiology

Water microbiome

Functional Gene Composition, Diversity and Redundancy in Microbial Stream Biofilm Communities – Andrew Dopheide – PLOS ONE


Distributing a metabolic pathway among a microbial consortium enhances production of natural products – Kang Zhou – Nature Biotechnology

Metabolite-sensing receptors ​GPR43 and ​GPR109A facilitate dietary fibre-induced gut homeostasis through regulation of the inflammasome – Laurence Macia – Nature Communications

Molecular Signatures of Nicotinoid-Pathogen Synergy in the Termite Gut – Ruchira Sen – PLOS ONE

Unique Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Hive Component-Based Communities as Detected by a Hybrid of Phospholipid Fatty-Acid and Fatty-Acid Methyl Ester Analyses – Kirk J. Grubbs – PLOS ONE


A Robust ANOVA Approach to Estimating A Phylogeny from Multiple Genes – Ximing Xu – Molecular Biology and Evolution

More microbiology papers

Eighteenth-century genomes show that mixed infections were common at time of peak tuberculosis in Europe – Gemma L. Kay – Nature Communications

Microbes in the news

Beneficial bacteria – Ella Nonni – The Cornell Daily Sun

Mapping All The Chemicals And Tiny Bacteria Living On Our Skin – Adele Peters – FastCoExist

uBiome and HelloFlo are teaming up to explore how the vaginal microbiome changes during pregnancy and postpartum

Video: Gut Microbiome and Its Role in Allergy and Asthma – Christine Cole Johnson – JSPRQ.com

Colorado startup’s microbiome-modulating drug could improve metformin tolerability – Meghana Keshavan – MedCityNews

Race to stamp out animal plague begins – Ewen Callaway – Nature

Science, publishing, and career

The future of the postdoc: There is a growing number of postdocs and few places in academia for them to go. But change could be on the way – Kendall Powell – Nature

Opinion: Addressing systemic problems in the biomedical research enterprise – Bruce Alberts – PNAS USA

History: Women at the edge of science – Jennifer Rampling – Nature

Bik’s Picks

Efficacy of Commercial Weight-Loss Programs: An Updated Systematic Review
Kimberly A. Gudzune – Annals of Internal Medicine

Ecology: Recovering the potential of coral reefs – Nicholas K. Dulvy & Holly K. Kindsvater – Nature
Complex organic molecules discovered in infant star system: Hints that building blocks of chemistry of life are universal – Science Daily


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