August 7, 2015

Viral infections in coral mucus, microbiology of wind-erosion, cable bacteria in fresh-water sediments, viruses in swimming pools, update on ITS2 database, and specialist taxa.

General human microbiome

Review: Social behavior and the microbiome – Elizabeth A Archie – Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences

Editorial: Germs and joints: the contribution of the human microbiome to rheumatoid arthritis – Geraint B Rogers – Nature Medicine

Microbiome models

In mice: Pancreatic β-Cells Limit Autoimmune Diabetes via an Immunoregulatory Antimicrobial Peptide Expressed under the Influence of the Gut Microbiota – Jia Sun – Immunity

Re: Gut microbiota depletion from early adolescence in mice: Implications for brain and behavior – Zongxin Ling – Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Animal microbiome

Coral Mucus Is a Hot Spot for Viral Infections – Hanh Nguyen-Kim – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Microbiology of wind-eroded sediments: Current knowledge and future research directions – V. Acosta-Martínez – Aeolian Research

Water microbiome

The “Melosira years” of Lake Baikal: Winter environmental conditions at ice onset predict under-ice algal blooms in spring – Stephen L. Katz – Limnology and Oceanography

Cable Bacteria in Freshwater Sediments – Nils Risgaard-Petersen – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

First detection of Papillomaviruses and Polyomaviruses in swimming pool waters: unrecognized recreational water-related pathogens? – G La Rosa – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Bioinformatics

ITS2 database V: Twice as much – Markus J. Ankenbrand – Molecular Biology and Evolution

Informatics for RNA Sequencing: A Web Resource for Analysis on the Cloud – Malachi Griffith – PLOS Computational Biology

Microbial ecology and other microbiology

Microbial ecosystems are dominated by specialist taxa – Mahendra Mariadassou – Ecology Letters

Review: Physiological and Transcriptional Responses of Different Industrial Microbes at Near-Zero Specific Growth Rates – Onur Ercan – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

The United States Culture Collection Network (USCCN): Enhancing Microbial Genomics Research through Living Microbe Culture Collections – Kyria Boundy-Mills – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

A New Strategy for Smoking Cessation: Characterization of a Bacterial Enzyme for the Degradation of Nicotine – Song Xue – Journal of the American Chemical Society

Microbes in the news

Airplane Poop Could Help Track Global Disease Outbreaks – Sarah Zhang – Wired

2 min podcast: Microbes Deep under Seafloor Reflect Ancient Land Origins – Cynthia Graber – Scientific American

This week in Microbiology: Precision Killing: use of antimicrobial peptides to target specific bacteria in the microbiome, and how the intracellular bacterium Wolbachia selectively kills male hosts.

“Happy Days Study” meets the microbiome – Terry Devitt – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gut Microbiome After Weight-Loss Surgery – Amanda B. Keener – The Scientist

TSRI Chemists Report Nicotine-Chomping Bacteria May Hold Key to Anti-Smoking Therapy – The Scripps Research Institute

Science, publishing, and career

Biology, wet and dry: an interview with Sarah Teichmann – Elisabeth Pain – Science

“Anyone who photographs a bear will get sent home immediately” Don’t mess with the bears – Eli Kintisch – Science

Australia’s remarkable female scientists highlighted in new exhibition in Canberra – Clarissa Thorpe – ABC Australia

Bik’s Picks

Deepwater Horizon, 5 years on – Samantha B. Joye – Science

Devil Tree Threatens the World’s Rarest Zebras – John R. Platt – Scientific American

Facial expressions in horses: EquiFACS: The Equine Facial Action Coding System – Jen Wathan – PLOS ONE

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