May 7, 2015


Human Gut Microbiome and Diseases Congress – 25-26 June 2015, Milano, Italy

Pregnancy and birth microbiome

The Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) birth cohort study: assessment of environmental exposures – Tim K Takaro – Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology

The Impact of Infancy Antibiotic Intake on Childhood Obesity; Review of Studies – Mohammad Reza Vafa – Advances in Obesity, Weight Management & Control

Human respiratory microbiome

The Host Response to the Lung Microbiome in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Marc A Sze – American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Human gut microbiome

Approaches to studying and manipulating the enteric microbiome to improve autism symptoms – Richard E. Frye – Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease

Plant root and soil microbiome

Heading to the Origins – Rice Microbiome as Functional Extension of the Host – Pablo R. Hardoim – Journal of Rice Research

Inoculation of Phaseolus vulgaris with the nodule-endophyte Agrobacterium sp. 10C2 affects richness and structure of rhizosphere bacterial communities and enhances nodulation and growth – Saif-Allah Chihaoui – submitted paper

Biochar in Co-Contaminated Soil Manipulates Arsenic Solubility and Microbiological Community Structure, and Promotes Organochlorine Degradation – Samuel J. Gregory – PLOS ONE

Microbial quality of soil from the Pampa biome in response to different grazing pressures – Rafael S. Vargas – Genetics and Molecular Biology

Built environment microbiome

Dysbiotic drift: mental health, environmental grey space, and microbiota – Alan C Logan – Journal of Physiological Anthropology


Sub-Ice Microalgal and Bacterial Communities in Freshwater Lake Baikal, Russia – Maria V. Bashenkhaeva – Microbial Ecology

Phages and viruses

Protist predation can select for bacteria with lowered susceptibility to infection by lytic phages – Anni-Maria Örmälä-Odegrip – BMC Evolutionary Biology

Microbial Ecology

Evolutionary ecology of microorganisms: from the tamed to the wild – Jay T Lennon – PeerJ

Metagenomics and bioinformatics

MyPro: A seamless pipeline for automated prokaryotic genome assembly and annotation – Yu-Chieh Liao – Journal of Microbiological Methods

PrePrint: Infer Metagenomic Abundance and Reveal Homologous Genomes Based on the Structure of Taxonomy Tree – Yu-Qing Qiu – IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics


Effects of Uremic Toxins from the Gut Microbiota on Bone: A Brief Look at Chronic Kidney Disease – Ana Paula Black – Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis

Microbes in the news

Ulcer-causing bacteria induces stomach stem cell growth in mice, researchers find – Stanford Medicine

Newly named bacteria help honey bee larvae thrive – Kim Kaplan –

The smell of death: Scientist reveals how 400 compounds mix to create heady mixture of scents as bacteria rips apart rotting flesh – Moheb Costandi – Daily Mail

Eat your vegetables, feed your microbiome – David Charbonneau – EyeViewKamloops

Microbiome Portrait Experiment for High School Students – Tufts

Bacteria redefine reinforced concrete – RSC Advances Blog

Possible role of gut bacteria in autism – Science Daily

Environmental exposures study tracks more than 3,200 Canadian babies – Simon Fraser University

Final Report Summary – TORNADO (Molecular Targets Open for Regulation by the gut flora – New Avenues for improved Diet to Optimize European health) – CORDIS Europa

Measles Vaccination Saves You From More Than Measles – Maggie Fox – NBC News

Microbes and money

‘Gut microbiome’ startup moving to science accelerator, seeks study volunteers: Prince William Science Accelerator – ISOThrive – Inside Nova

UBiome Seeks Academic Partnerships with the Launch of the uBiome Academic Consortium – WDRB

Science, publishing, and career

Science forum: RIPOSTE: a framework for improving the design and analysis of laboratory-based research – Nicholas G D Masca – eLife

Bik’s Picks

Listen To These Eerie ‘X-Files’ Sounds Recorded At The Edge Of Space – Macrina Cooper-White – Huffington Post

Finding That Babies Born at 22 Weeks Can Survive Could Change Abortion Debate – Lucy Westcott – Newsweek

Samantha Cristoforetti: 5 Memorable Moments From the Italian Astronaut’s Time in Space – Alyssa Newcomb – ABC News


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