May 11, 2016

Microbiomes in low-income human habitats, graph mining for sequence datasets, and a PhD Comics video on the microbiome.

Events

The Barcelona Debates on The Human Microbiome – June 30th and July 1st, 2016 – Barcelona

2016 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin – August 8-12

General microbiome

Book: Microbiota of the Human Body – Implications in Health and Disease – Editor: Andreas Schwiertz – Springer

Human skin microbiome

Analysis of Facial Implants for Bacterial Biofilm Formation Using Scanning Electron Microscopy – Thomas J. Walker – JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

Human gut microbiome

Interconnected microbiomes and resistomes in low-income human habitats – Erica C. Pehrsson – Nature

Review: The human gut microbiota and its interactive connections to diet – C. Milani – Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Editorial: The Bugs Within Our Body: The Human Microbiota – DJ Philpott – Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Fate of classical faecal bacterial markers and ampicillin-resistant bacteria in agricultural soils under Mediterranean climate after urban sludge amendment – Clarissa Gondim-Porto – Science of the Total Environment

Survival trade-offs in plant roots during colonization by closely related beneficial and pathogenic fungi – Stéphane Hacquard – Nature Communications

Gypsum amendment to rice paddy soil stimulated bacteria involved in sulfur cycling but largely preserved the phylogenetic composition of the total bacterial community – Susanne Wörner – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Built environment microbiome

Interconnected microbiomes and resistomes in low-income human habitats – Erica C. Pehrsson – Nature

Metagenomics and bioinformatics

Graph mining for next generation sequencing: leveraging the assembly graph for biological insights – Julia Warnke-Sommer – BMC Genomics

More microbiology

Phenotypic heterogeneity driven by nutrient limitation promotes growth in fluctuating environments – Frank Schreiber – Nature Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Video: The Hidden World of Microbiomes – PhD Comics

Microbiome Monday: What Are You Made Of? – American Museum of Natural History

How dust from the Sahara fuels poisonous bacteria blooms in the Caribbean – Sarah Kaplan – Washington Post

UGA study finds Saharan dust affects marine bacteria, potential pathogen Vibrio
Vibrio can cause serious illness in humans, other marine organisms – EurekAlert

Thank Me Later: New Planet-Saving Bacteria Eats Switchgrass, Makes Biofuel – Tina Casey – Clean Technica

Game-Changing Bacteria Transmits Tuberculosis Through the Skin – HCP Live

Narrow spectrum antibiotic kills pathogens without killing good bacteria – EurekAlert

Dr Paul Blatchford awarded Emerging Researcher Grant – Press Release: Plant and Food Research

The Eye of a Microbial Camera – Nils Schuergers and Tchern Lenn – Natural History Mag

Science, publishing, and career

There’s a huge gender pay gap for STEM careers — just one year after graduation – Brian Resnick – Vox

Young women in STEM fields earn up to one-third less than men – EurekAlert

Bik’s Non-Microbiology Picks

Coral snakes predict the evolution of mimicry across New World snakes – Alison R. Davis Rabosky – Nature Communications

Meet the scientist debunking every dumb food myth on the internet
For every pseudoscientific blog parroting the latest trend, Yvette d’Entremont has a fact-based response – Diana Duong – Chatelaine

Is it safe to eat a newspaper? A Washington Post columnist is about to find out – Damian Garde – STAT news

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