August 24, 2015

Microbiome of death

Soil fungal community shift evaluation as a potential cadaver decomposition indicator
Monica Chimutsa – Forensic Science International

Pregnancy and birth

Master Thesis – The Association of Necrotizing Enterocolitis with Integrons and Antibiotic Resistance Genes in the Gut Microbiota of Preterm Infants – Eva Lena F. Estensmo – Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Human respiratory microbiome

Regional Isolation Drives Bacterial Diversification within Cystic Fibrosis Lungs – Peter Jorth – Cell Host & Microbe

Quantitative analysis of pathogens in the lower respiratory tract of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – Huaying Wang – BMC Pulmonary Medicine

Animal microbiome

Evidence-based recommendations on storing and handling specimens for analyses of insect microbiota – Tobin J Hammer – Peer J

Path analyses of cross-sectional and longitudinal data suggest that variability in natural communities of blood-associated parasites is derived from host characteristics and not interspecific interactions – Carmit Cohen – Parasites & Vectors

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Available nitrogen is the key factor influencing soil microbial functional gene diversity in tropical rainforest – Jing Cong – BMC Microbiology

Disentangling the ‘brown world’ faecal-detritus interaction web: dung beetle effects on soil microbial properties – Eleanor M. Slade – Oikos

Taxon-specific responses of soil microbial communities to different soil priming effects induced by addition of plant residues and their biochars – Peng Su – Journal of Soils and Sediments

Research Highlight: Root recruiting – Mirella Bucci – Nature Chemical Biology

Water microbiome

Habitat and water quality variables as predictors of community composition in an Indonesian coral reef: a multi-taxon study in the Spermonde Archipelago – Ana Rita Moura Polónia – Science of the Total Environment

Waste water microbiology

Persistence of Ebola Virus in Sterilized Wastewater – Kyle Bibby – Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Metagenomics and bioinformatics

MetaObtainer: A Tool for Obtaining Specified Species from Metagenomic Reads of Next-generation Sequencing – Weihua Pan – Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences

Minimum Information about a Biosynthetic Gene cluster – Marnix H Medema – Nature Chemical Biology


A protein domain-based view of the virosphere-host relationship – Aare Abroi – Biochimie

Microbes in the news

Add Lots of Microbes to ‘Me, Myself, and I’ – David Salisbury – Futurity

The Microbiome Is Science’s Hot New Kid – Anand Veeravagu and Tessa Anderman – The Daily Beast

Science Briefs: Topography of spinach leaf shelters bacteria – John Bordsen – Charlotte Observer

Inside N.C. Science: Bugs – and mates – attracted by body odor – Sarah Council – Charlotte Observer

Universal flu vaccine comes closer, scientists say – Michelle Roberts – BBC News

Science, publishing, and career

Here’s what two college doctors say freshman need to know – LaTasha Seliby and Ranit Mishori – Washington Post

Women, minorities still underrepresented in medical specialties – Megan Brooks – Reuters

Bik’s Picks

Japanese Spacecraft Delivers Mice, Booze and More to ISS – Sarah Lewin – NBC News

Biologists Have Spotted the First Wolf Pack in California in 100 Years – Marissa Fessenden – Smithsonian

Get the Bunsen burner out: It’s time to concoct dinner – Nancy Szokan – Washington Post



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