April 27, 2016

Cervical microbiome during cancer, distinct gut microbiome in kidney stone formers? (unclear due to vaguely formulated control group), culturing marine microbes in artificial seawater, codon usage to predict pathogenicity.


Science Diplomats to present ‘Trust Your Gut: How Helpful Bacteria Impact Health’ – Free talk given 3 times at Yale in May

Pregnancy and birth

News & Views: Immunology: Mum’s microbes boost baby’s immunity – Mihir Pendse & Lora V. Hooper – Nature

Human respiratory microbiome

Culture based: Microbiology of peritonsillar abscess in the South Estonian population – Risto Vaikjärv – Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease

Human reproductive tract microbiome

Cervical Microbiome and Cytokine Profile at Various Stages of Cervical Cancer: A Pilot Study – Astride Audirac-Chalifour – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Note that the control group is poorly described: Evidence for a distinct gut microbiome in kidney stone formers compared to non-stone formers – Joshua M. Stern – Urolithiasis

Review: Macrobiota — helminths as active participants and partners of the microbiota in host intestinal homeostasis – William C Gause – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Review: The possible mechanisms of the human microbiome in allergic diseases – Kagan Ipci – European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

Review: Towards a functional hypothesis relating anti-islet cell autoimmunity to the dietary impact on microbial communities and butyrate production – David Endesfelder – Microbiome

Animal and bioreactor models

Biochar, Bentonite and Zeolite Supplemented Feeding of Layer Chickens Alters Intestinal Microbiota and Reduces Campylobacter Load – Tanka P. Prasai – PLOS ONE

Applying theories of microbial metabolism for induction of targeted enzyme activity in a methanogenic microbial community at a metabolic steady state – Jutta Speda – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

A humanized microbiota mouse model of ovalbumin-induced lung inflammation – Marie-Claire Arrieta – Gut Microbes

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Gall-ID: tools for genotyping gall-causing phytopathogenic bacteria – Edward W. Davis II – PeerJ Preprint

Water and extremophile microbiome

Artificial Seawater Media Facilitate Cultivating Members of the Microbial Majority from the Gulf of Mexico – Michael W. Henson – mSphere

Salinity shapes microbial diversity and community structure in surface sediments of the Qinghai-Tibetan Lakes – Jian Yang – Scientific Reports

Genomic resolution of a cold subsurface aquifer community provides metabolic insights for novel microbes adapted to high CO2 concentrations – Alexander J. Probst – Environmental Microbiology

Metabolome-mediated biocryomorphic evolution promotes carbon fixation in Greenlandic cryoconite holes – J.M. Cook – Environmental Microbiology

Pollution and waste microbiology

Microbial density and diversity in constructed wetland systems and the relation to pollutant removal efficiency – Yang Zhang – Water Science & Technology

A mesophilic anaerobic digester for treating food waste: process stability and microbial community analysis using pyrosequencing – Lei Li – Microbial Cell Factories

Microbial ecology

Inhibitory interactions promote frequent bistability among competing bacteria
Erik S. Wright – Nature Communications

Bioinformatics and metagenomics

Protocol: Big Data, Evolution, and Metagenomes: Predicting Disease from Gut Microbiota Codon Usage Profiles – Maja Fabijani – Data Mining Techniques for the Life Sciences

Review: High definition for systems biology of microbial communities: metagenomics gets genome-centric and strain-resolved – Dmitrij Turaev – Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Microbes in the news

Elizabethkingia: The bacteria strain that could kill you. Or cure malaria. Small Science: Genomic data is showing us how little we know – Lisa Margonelli – Houston Chronicle

New Anti-Biofilm Nano Coating Prevents Bacterial Growth on Metal Surfaces – Azo Nano

Quick mapping of our microbiomes and metabolomes – Science Daily

Viral Skin Infections – Tomislav Meštrović – News Medical

Bacteria pill is ‘better than statins’ in the war on cholesterol, say researchers – Joe Smith – Mirror UK

Bacterial virulence is stimulated by burns – EurekAlert

Science, publishing, and career

Meet The New CEO Of The $22 Billion Genomics Company You’ve Never Heard Of: Francis deSouza to lead Illumina – Christina Farr – Fast Company

What Happened When I Pushed Myself to Interview More Women: Increasing the breadth of sources in journalism – John R. Platt – Motherboard

The quiet revolutionary: How the co-discovery of CRISPR explosively changed Emmanuelle Charpentier’s life. The microbiologist spent years moving labs and relishing solitude. Then her work on gene-editing thrust her into the scientific spotlight – Alison Abbott – Nature

Speak up about subtle sexism in science: Female scientists face everyday, often-unintentional microaggression in the workplace, and it won’t stop unless we talk about it – Tricia Serio – Nature

Bik’s Picks

Effects of a Closed Space Environment on Gene Expression in Hair Follicles of Astronauts in the International Space Station – Masahiro Terada – PLOS ONE

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