June 11, 2015

Exciting edition today, with microbiomes from scorpions, kombucha, Korean infants, and a Yosemite lake.

Pregnancy and birth

Comparison of the gut microbiota profile in breast-fed and formula-fed Korean infants using pyrosequencing – Sang A Lee – Nutrition Research and Practice

Human skin microbiome

Review: Effects of Fermented Dairy Products on Skin: A Systematic Review – Alexandra R. Vaughn – The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Human gut microbiome

The Fecal Microbiome in Pediatric Patients With Short Bowel Syndrome – Zev H. Davidovics – Journal of Parental & Enteral Nutrition

Review: Association of the Intestinal Microbiota and Obesity – Andrea A. López-Cepero, Cristina Palacios – Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal

Microbiome models

Alteration of the rat cecal microbiome during colonization with the helminth Hymenolepis diminuta – Erin A McKenney – Gut Microbes

Bacterial sensing underlies artificial sweetener-induced growth of gut Lactobacillus
Kristian Daly – Environmental Microbiology

Ecobiotherapy Rich in Firmicutes Decreases Susceptibility to Colitis in a Humanized Gnotobiotic Mouse Model – Jane M. Natividad – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Animal microbiome

Species-specific diversity of novel bacterial lineages and differential abundance of predicted pathways for toxic compound degradation in scorpion gut microbiota
Luis M. Bolaños – Environmental Microbiology

Water microbiome

Changing composition of microbial communities indicates seepage fluid difference of the Thuwal Seeps in the Red Sea – Bo Yang – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Microbial diversity and community structure along a lake elevation gradient in Yosemite National Park, California, USA – Curtis J. Hayden – Environmental Microbiology

Food microbiology

Metabarcoding of the kombucha microbial community grown in different microenvironments – Oleg N Reva – AMB Express

More microbiology

I thought this was a very attractive paperSingle-cell genomics of uncultivated deep-branching magnetotactic bacteria reveals a conserved set of magnetosome genes – Sebastian Kolinko – Environmental Microbiology

Review: Small but Mighty: Cell Size and Bacteria – Petra Anne Levin and Esther R. Angert – Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology

Preview: Bacteria Moving into Focus of Human Cancer – Francesco Boccellato, Thomas F. Meyer – Cell Host & Microbe

Microbes in the news

Microbe-mediated adaptation to a novel diet: Symbiotic bacteria enabled bugs to feed on plant seeds and promoted species diversity – Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Bespoke diets based on gut microbes could help beat disease and obesity – Ian Sample – The Guardian

Engineers create origami paper-based bacteria-powered battery – Nanowerk

Journal club: Response to May 29, 2015 Journal Club: “Modulation of Post-Antibiotic Bacterial Community Reassembly and Host Response by Candida Albicans” – Human Microbiome Journal Club

Alberta researchers hot on the trail of deadly bacteria: detection time of E. coli in meat cut in half – Alexis Kienlen – Alberta Farmer

Sauerkraut Could Be The Secret To Curing Social Anxiety – Carolyn Gregoire – Huffington Post

Microbiomes might differ between mice: Reproducibility: Use mouse biobanks or lose them – Kent Lloyd – Nature

ESCMID introduces two new study groups to create networks for forensic and veterinary microbiology – News Medical

Science, publishing, and career

Nobel Laureate Resigns Post After Comments on Female Scientists – Dan Bilefsky – New York Times

Funny article, in response to Tim Hunt’s comments: Female scientists post ‘distractingly sexy’ photos – BBC News

African academics challenge homophobic laws – Scientific report demolishes assertions used to back criminalization of homosexuality – Linda Nordling – Nature

Workforce: The joys of research in retirement – Klaus Wittmaack – Nature

Bik’s Picks

Population genomics of Bronze Age Eurasia: low-coverage genomes from 101 ancient humans from across Eurasia – Morten E. Allentoft – Nature

#CureBatten: Celebrities rally for sisters battling rare brain disease – Chris Serico – Today

Three cheers for Samantha Cristoforetti, smasher of space records – Rachel Feltman – Washington Post

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