July 20, 2016


Postdoc: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and associated microbiota – Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell campus (NY) (via ASM)

Pregnancy and birth

Why Don’t All Infants Have Bifidobacteria in Their Stool? – Gerald W. Tannock – Frontiers in Microbiology

Not liking this title: I did not see that coming! It is more than bugs in the bagina – Tamsin Board – Molecular Reproduction and Development

The Probiotics in Pregnancy Study (PiP Study): rationale and design of a double-blind randomised controlled trial to improve maternal health during pregnancy and prevent infant eczema and allergy – Christine Barthow – BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Human skin microbiome

Age-related differences in morphological characteristics of residual skin surface components collected from the surface of facial skin of healthy male volunteers – N. E. Chalyk – Skin Research and Technology

Human respiratory microbiome

Metagenome and Metatranscriptome Profiling of Moderate and Severe COPD Sputum in Taiwanese Han Males – Shih-Wei Lee – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Bacterial and Fungal Microbiota Changes Distinguish C. difficile Infection from Other Forms of Diarrhea: Results of a Prospective Inpatient Study – William Sangster – Frontiers in Microbiology

Effects of Arabinoxylan and Resistant Starch on Intestinal Microbiota and Short-Chain Fatty Acids in Subjects with Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomised Crossover Study – Stine Hald – PLOS ONE

Review: Intestinal microbiota and chronic constipation – Ying Zhao – Springer Plus

Animal experiments

Intestinal Microbiota Promotes Psoriasis-Like Skin Inflammation by Enhancing Th17 Response – Zuzana Zákostelská – PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

Effects of 16S rDNA sampling on estimates of the number of endosymbiont lineages in sucking lice – Julie M. Allen – PeerJ

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Patterns of natural fungal community assembly during initial decay of coniferous and broadleaf tree logs – Annemieke van der Wal – Ecosphere


CLIMB (the Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics): an online resource for the medical microbiology community – Thomas Richard Connor – bioRxiv

More microbiology

Synchronized cycles of bacterial lysis for in vivo delivery – M. Omar Din – Nature

Press: Self-destructing bacteria are engineered to kill cancer cells – Sally Adee – New Scientist

Microbes in the news

Algae are melting away the Greenland ice sheet. ‘Black and Bloom’ project explores how microorganisms help to determine the pace of Arctic melting – Alexandra Witze – Nature

Science, publishing, and career

Featuring Bik’s Picks! Scientific literature: Information overload – Esther Landhuis – Nature

The unsung heroes of CRISPR. The soaring popularity of gene editing has made celebrities of the principal investigators who pioneered the field — but their graduate students and postdocs are often overlooked – Heidi Ledford – Nature

2016 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research: QnAs with Stephen Quake – Prashant Nair – PNAS

Bik’s Picks

5 Questions: Randall Stafford advocates a plant-based diet – INterview with Randall Stafford – Stanford Medicine


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