January 18, 2016

Skin fungi on astronauts before, during, and after a stay at the ISS, preventing obesity by stool transplants, and microbial landscapes of food production.

Human skin microbiome

Comprehensive analysis of the skin fungal microbiota of astronauts during a half-year stay at the International Space Station – Takashi Sugita – Medical Mycology

Human gut microbiome

Review: Can We Prevent Obesity-Related Metabolic Diseases by Dietary Modulation of the Gut Microbiota? – Lena K Brahe – Advances in Nutrition

Animal models

Gut microbiota lipopolysaccharide accelerates inflamm-aging in mice – Kyung-Ah Kim – BMC Microbiology

Microbiota Control of Malaria Transmission – Miguel P. Soares – Trends in Parasitology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Suitability of the microbial community composition and function in a semiarid mine soil for assessing phytomanagement practices based on mycorrhizal inoculation and amendment addition – J. Kohler – Journal of Environmental Management

Relevance of in vitro agar based screens to characterize the anti-fungal activities of bacterial endophyte communities – Hanan R. Shehata – BMC Microbiology

Food microbiology

A new perspective on microbial landscapes within food production – Nicholas A Bokulich – Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Metagenomics and bioinformatics

Assessment of k-mer spectrum applicability for metagenomic dissimilarity analysis
Veronika B. Dubinkina – BMC Bioinformatics

More microbiology

A high-precision rule-based extraction system for expanding geospatial metadata in GenBank records – Tasnia Tahsin – Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

Microbial stress priming – a meta-analysis – Diana R. Andrade-Linares – Environmental Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Corpse-eating bacteria a forensic tool – Viviane Richter – Cosmos

Olympus Voluntarily Recalls Medical Scope Accused Of Sickening Hundreds With Antibiotic-Resistant Infections – Jaleesa Baulkman – Medical Daily. See full report at Preventable Tragedies: Superbugs and How Ineffective Monitoring of
Medical Device Safety Fails Patients

Could a Poo Transplant Cure You? – Robynne Chutkan – The Huffington Post

Companies Aim to Make Drugs from Bacteria That Live in the Gut – Mike Orcutt – MIT Technology Review

Should You Eat Poop To Lose Weight? – Bruce Y. Lee – Forbes

A Judge Dismissed A Woman’s DWI Because Her Gut Makes Its Own Booze – Cat Ferguson – BuzzFeed

A Lesson in Lyme: What the Hell is a Spirochete? – Hannah Barry – The Lyme Life

Bacteria hysteria

Note: Sponsored by the Cleaning Industry Research Institute: Study Reveals High Bacteria Levels on Footwear – CIRI Science

Hotel Hygiene Exposed – Travel Math

Science, publishing, and career

Obama’s big bet on science: It’s about far more than a cancer ‘moonshot’ – Carl Zimmer – STATnews

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