September 10, 2016

Bifidobacteria and ulcerative colitis, the pollen microbiome, busting the 5-second rule, resistance genes in 23,000 microbial genomes, and a cool video of evolution of bacterial resistance.


Gut health, microbiota & probiotics throughout the lifespan – Metabolic & Brain function 2016 – Sept 15-16, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Human oral microbiome

Deep sequencing reveals microbiota dysbiosis of tongue coat in patients with liver carcinoma – Haifeng Lu – Scientific Reports

Human respiratory microbiome

Review: The microbiome in asthma – Magali Noval Rivas – Current Opinion Pediatrics

Human gut microbiome

Elucidating the gut microbiome of ulcerative colitis: bifidobacteria as novel microbial biomarkers – Sabrina Duranti – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Review: Gut Microbiota, Inflammation, and Colorectal Cancer – Caitlin A. Brennan – Annual Review of Microbiology

Review: Microbiota—myeloid cell crosstalk beyond the gut – Sayeh Gorjifard – Journal of Leukocyte Biology

Four reviews in Current Pharmaceutical Design in the category “Could the gut microbiota perhaps be involved in disease X?” – with 4 different X’s. 

Animal models

Antibiotic Treatment Induces Long-lasting Changes in the Fecal Microbiota that Protect Against Colitis – Naomi L. Ward – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Differences In CD8αα And Cecal Microbiome Community During Proliferation And Late Cytolytic Phases Of Marek’s Disease Virus (MDV) Infection Are Associated With Genetic Resistance To Marek’s Disease – Sudeep Perumbakkam – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Bacterial microbiota associated with flower pollen is influenced by pollination type, and shows a high degree of diversity and species-specificity – Binoy Ambika Manirajan – Environmental Microbiology

Land use intensification in the humid tropics increased both alpha and beta diversity of soil bacteria – Teotonio Soares de Carvalho – Ecology

Small-scale spatial heterogeneity of ecosystem properties, microbial community composition and microbial activities in a temperate mountain forest soil – Martina Štursová – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Extremophile microbiome

Seasonal dynamics of extremely halophilic microbial communities in three Argentinian salterns – Leonardo Di Meglio – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Built environment microbiome


Christin Lola / Fotolia (via Science Direct)

Longer Contact Times Increase Cross-Contamination of Enterobacter aerogenes from Surfaces to Food – Robyn C. Miranda – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Researchers debunk ‘five-second rule’: Eating food off the floor isn’t safe. Sometimes bacteria transfer in less than a second – Science Daily

Forget the ‘five-second rule’: Food dropped on the floor picks up bacteria in just ONE second – David Gardner – Daily Mail

Antimicrobial Chemicals Are Associated with Elevated Antibiotic Resistance Genes in the Indoor Dust Microbiome – Erica M. Hartmann – Environmental Science & Technology

Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Indoor Dust – Technology Networks

Metagenomics and bioinformatics

The transfer network of bacterial mobile resistome connecting animal and human microbiome – Yongfei Hu – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Catalog of Mobile Antibiotic Resistance Genes Helps Explain Transfer to Human Pathogens – Genome Web

Chinese investigators characterize the world of resistance gene exchange among bacteria –

Phages and viruses

Bacteriophages in clinical samples can interfere with microbiological diagnostic tools – Maryury Brown-Jaque – Scientific Reports


Absolute quantification of microbial taxon abundances – Ruben Props – The ISME Journal

Microbes in the news

Jo Handelsman of White House Office of Science and Technology to Speak Monday – University of Tennessee

WATCH: Bacteria Invade Antibiotics And Transform Into Superbugs – Angus Chen – NPR
This might be the coolest visualization of evolution ever. Watch these bacteria evolve antibiotic resistance in just 12 days – Brian Resnick – Vox

These researchers would like you to mail them your gut bacteria – Katherine Lindemann – Research Gate Blog

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Strawberries at Smoothie Chain – Daniel Victor – New York Times

Bacteria Hysteria

M&S becomes first supermarket to offer anti-bacterial shopping bags to banish bugs such as E. coli –  Katie Morley – The Telegraph

Bik’s non-microbiology Picks

Microbiome analysis, please! Giraffes aren’t just giraffes. Turns out there are four species – Rachel Feltman – Washington Post

Flatworm parasite named after Barack Obama: Is that a compliment? – Rowena Lindsay Christian Science Monitor



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