October 10, 2016

A Mostly Male Microbiome meeting, host genetics and microbiota in IBD, dysbiosis in dogs and humans, airport door handles, and surfing the world for microbes. I’m back!


I wish I could recommend this, but it has only 2 of the 27 invited speakers are women. This is so sad. See Jonathan Eisen’s blog post about this. Second Annual Human Microbiome Congress in San Diego / North American Microbiome Congress – 24/25 January 2017 – San Diego.

Human gut microbiome

Interplay of host genetics and gut microbiota underlying the onset and clinical presentation of inflammatory bowel disease – Floris Imhann – Gut

Effect of dietary interventions on the intestinal microbiota of Mongolian hosts – Jing Li – Science Bulletin

Animal models

Dog and human inflammatory bowel disease rely on overlapping yet distinct dysbiosis networks – Yoshiki Vázquez-Baeza – Nature Microbiology

Acute Infectious Gastroenteritis Potentiates a Crohn’s Disease Pathobiont to Fuel Ongoing Inflammation in the Post-Infectious Period – Cherrie L. Small – PLOS Pathogens

Press: Diarrhea-Causing Bacteria Promote Growth of Crohn’s-Linked Microbe in Mice – ET Healthworld

Neonatal androgen exposure causes persistent gut microbiota dysbiosis related to metabolic disease in adult female rats – Isabel Moreno-Indias – Endocrinology

Exposure to the Functional Bacterial Amyloid Protein Curli Enhances Alpha-Synuclein Aggregation in Aged Fischer 344 Rats and Caenorhabditis elegans – Shu G. Chen – Scientific Reports

Press: Gut microbiota may have role in neurodegenerative diseases: study – CTV News

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Review: Too much or not enough: Reflection on two contrasting perspectives on soil biodiversity – Philippe C. Baveye – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Built environment microbiology

Airport door handles and the global spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria: a cross sectional study – Frieder Schaumburg – Clinical Microbiology and Infection

Press: Are Airport Bathrooms Spreading Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Globally? – Alex Berezow – American Council on Science and Health

Food microbiology

Extensive Horizontal Gene Transfer in Cheese-Associated Bacteria – Kevin S. Bonham – bioRxiv

Does fingerprinting truly represent the diversity of wine yeasts? A case study with interdelta genotyping of S. cerevisiae strains – Walter P. Pfliegler – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Microbes in the news

This Surfer/PhD Student Is Scraping Bacteria off Surfers Around the World for Science – Dylan Heyden – The Inertia
Surfing the world for microbes – Erika Johnson, UC San Diego – University of California

Weethinking the role of bacteria in incontinence. Researchers look at the role of bacteria in incontinence – EurekAlert

The Unseen Cloud Makers From The Ocean – Jennifer – The Microbial Menagerie

Marine bacteria are the climate’s wild card – ScienceNordic

Researchers Hunt for a Link Between Microbiome and Autism – KQED

The natural wonder that holds the key to the origins of life – and warns of its destruction – Michael Slezak – The Guardian

Did his artificial hips put him at risk of infection when he saw the dentist? – David Lindley – Washington Post

Millions of craft paint units recalled over bacteria concerns – Morgan Maria Pawl – KDVR

Science, publishing, and career

Scientific Misconduct: The Elephant in the Lab. A Response to Parker et al. – Timothy D. Clark – Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Bik’s non-microbiology Picks

As DNA reveals its secrets, scientists are assembling a new picture of humanity – Carl Zimmer


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