March 14, 2016

Happy Pi day! I’m currently in Europe, so today is just 14-3 here. But microbiomes are everywhere, so here we go with bacterial vaginosis in Africa, biofilms of streams and hospital shower hoses, and fungi in Chinese oil-shale mines.

Human vaginal microbiome

Can one size fit all? Approach to bacterial vaginosis in sub-Saharan Africa – Zenda Woodman – Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials

Human gut microbiome

Review: The diet-microbiota-metabolite axis regulates the host physiology – Takahiro Yamada – Journal of Biochemistry

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

No difference in the competitive ability of introduced and native Trifolium provenances when grown with soil biota from their introduced and native ranges – Natasha Shelby – AOB Plants

Water microbiome

Review: The ecology and biogeochemistry of stream biofilms – Tom J. Battin – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Built environment microbiome

Characterization of biofilms developing on hospital shower hoses and implications for nosocomial infections – Maria J. Soto-Giron – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Pollution and waste microbiology

Fungal diversity in major oil-shale mines in China – Shaoyan Jiang – Journal of Environmental Sciences

More microbiology

How pneumococci lose their capsule – Andrea Du Toit – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Airplane lavatories that clean themselves? It’s happening – Karla Cripps – CNN

Self-Cleaning Airplane Toilets Are A Crappy Idea – Martin Rivers – Forbes

Fighting back from bacterial meningitis – Paul Sisson – San Diego Union Tribune

Artists create living paintings from glow-in-the-dark bacteria – Geraldine Cremin – Mashable

Deadly disease outbreak in Wisconsin baffles public health officials – Keren Landman – STAT news

Wisconsin Bacterial Infection: A Case Of The Rare Elizabethkingia – Xbox360

Is fermented food a recipe for good gut health? – Philippa Roxby – BBC

Stanford chemists develop an ultra-sensitive test for cancers, HIV – Bjorn Carey – Stanford News

Fake drugs in Nigeria: Imprisonment of 2:1 microbiology graduate – National Mirror Online

How Does Salmonella Get on Pistachios? – Linda Larsen – Food Poisoning Bulletin

How Gut Bacteria Are Shaking Up Cancer Research – Makiko Kitamura – Bloomberg

Science, publishing, and career

About Kate Rubins, who worked in our lab: Napa astronaut prepares for space station journey: four-month mission aboard ISS- Howard Yune – Napa Valley Register

The Subtle Ways Gender Gaps Persist in Science – Paul Voosen – Chronicle

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