December 7, 2015

Not many new microbiome papers, but a nice oversight of the microbiological quality of Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, where the 2016 Olympics will be held.

Also, there was an interesting discussion online yesterday on IBM’s new campaign aimed to get more women interested to join them – which backfired and was pulled. IBM was trying to recruit more women with a video called “Hack a Hairdryer”, showing how you can use a hairdryer to iron your clothes or blow confetti. It was unclear how emphasizing feminine applications was supposed to attract smart women wanting to work at a computer company.


Hack a hairdryer: Campaign aimed at women suddenly backfires – BBC

IBM Asks Women In Tech To Hack Hair Dryers, Women Tweet Back To Tell IBM It’s Not The 1950s – Sarah Buhr – Tech Crunch

Remember Massacred Women Engineers with a Hairdryer Hackathon – Mika McKinnon- Gizmodo

Jobs (posting again)

Two job openings in our lab / UCSF School of Dentistry (San Francisco) for our hyposalivation project: Full time study coordinator and Part time dental assistant (20 hours per week)

Animal microbiome

DGGE: Microbiological quality and bacterial diversity of the tropical oyster Crassostrea rhizophorae in a monitored farming system and from natural stocks – M.T. Silva Neta – Genet. Mol. Res

Plants, roots, and soil microbiome

Soil bacterial community responses to warming and grazing in a Tibetan alpine meadow – Yaoming Li – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi for the Biocontrol of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes: A Review of the Mechanisms Involved – Nele Schouteden – Frontiers in Microbiology

Prokaryotes in Subsoil—Evidence for a Strong Spatial Separation of Different Phyla by Analysing Co-occurrence Networks – Marie Uksa – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water microbiome

Environmental and Sanitary Conditions of Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro – Giovana O. Fistarol – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs: The popular type 2 diabetes drug may cause profound changes in patients’ microbiomes – Kerry Grens – The Scientist

Biologists Are Engineering Kill Switches for GM Microbes – Sarah Zhang – Wired

Bacteria containing mcr-1 gene resistant to all known antibiotics found in Denmark – News Australia

‘Bik’s Picks’ blogger describes features of a good microbiome study – Kristina Campbell in Gut microbiota

Microbiology and art

Paper Life – The artist Rogan Brown cuts thousands of microorganisms in paper – Ufunk



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