January 22, 2016

Viruses in desert soils, pneumonia etiology, and a concerning editorial in NEJM.

Human oral microbiome

Microbiological analysis after complete or partial removal of carious dentin using two different techniques in primary teeth: A randomized clinical trial – Deepak Kumar Singhal – Dental Research Journal

Human respiratory microbiome

The Modern Quest for the “Holy Grail” of Pneumonia Etiology – Seema Jain – Clinical Infectious Diseases

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

ReviewDiversity and Ecology of Viruses in Hyperarid Desert Soils – Olivier Zablocki – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Use of Substrate-Induced Gene Expression in Metagenomic Analysis of an Aromatic Hydrocarbon-Contaminated Soil – Matthew J. Meier – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Techniques / phages and viruses

Isolation of Polyvalent Bacteriophages by Sequential Multiple-Host Approaches – Pingfeng Yu – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

More microbiology

Tuberculosis in Newborns: The Lessons of the “Lübeck Disaster” (1929–1933) – Gregory J. Fox – PLOS Pathogens

Microbes in the news

For childrenUnderstanding Marine Microbes, the Driving Engines of the Ocean – Anna Kopf

15 min podcast: A Microbiome Is Born – Science Friday

Good Bacteria for Good Skin – Beauty brands say there is a beneficial effect when probiotics and fermented ingredients are applied topically – Fiorella Valdesolo – Wall Street Journal

Your DNA could make you resistant to certain bacteria – gene expression could help explain why some people are more immune to infection than others – Alexandra Ossola – Popular Science

Science, publishing, and career

An editorial in NEJM called Data Sharing, written by Dan L. Longo and Jeffrey M. Drazen, caused a lot of concern because it calls scientists who use other people’s published data “parasites”. Some reactions:

Data Scientists = Research Parasites? – David Shaywitz – Forbes

Research “parasitism” and authorship rights – Leonid Schneider – For Better Science

Attack of the Research Parasites – Derek Lowe – Science Magazine blogs

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