September 11, 2015

Gates Foundation grant proposals, microbiome of the Amazon river. It’s too early here in Europe to get the new Pubmed  and other alerts, so a very short Digest today.

Call for proposals

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put up several calls for grant proposals:

  • Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
  • Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance

Rethinking heritability of the microbiome – Edward J. van Opstal, Seth R. Bordenstein – Science

Human gut microbiome

Review: Ecology and Evolution of the Human Microbiota: Fire, Farming and Antibiotics
Michael R. Gillings – Genes

Water microbiome

Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic inventories of the lower Amazon River, May 2011 – Brandon M. Satinsky – Microbiome

Microbes in the news

A World First: Pherecydes Pharma Launches Multicenter Clinical Study Of Phage Therapy In Serious Burn Victims – Biospace

New research finds balance between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in humans altered – Medical Xpress

Your stomach bacteria determines which diet is best for weight reduction – HealthCanal

Latest military lab concerns involve plague bacteria, deadly viruses – Tom Vanden Brook and Alison Young – USA Today

Bacteria Bandage: Prototype Made Of Innovative Nanofibers Cleans Wounds, Prevents Infection – Susan Scutti – Medical Daily

A Novel Device That Can Sniff Out Bacteria in Drinking Water – NDTV

Science, publishing, and career

Nice to know you: “But then we tried an often overlooked strategy: Share an office!”
Malou Henriksen-Lacey, Juan J. Giner-Casares – Science

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