January 13, 2017

Nutrient acquisition by gut microbes, handling stress and gut microbiota changes in mice, evaluation of the MinION for microbiome studies.

Human gut microbiome

Structural basis for nutrient acquisition by dominant members of the human gut microbiota – Amy J. Glenwright – Nature

New light shed on functioning of human gut bacteria – Science Daily

Metabolic adaptation of colonic microbiota to galactooligosaccharides: a proof-of-concept-study – M. Mego – Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Gut microbiota-dependent trimethylamine N-oxide in acute coronary syndromes: a prognostic marker for incident cardiovascular events beyond traditional risk factors – Xinmin S. Li, Slayman Obeid – European Heart Journal

Review: Basic Definitions and Concepts: Organization of the Gut Microbiome – Eamonn M.M. Quigley – Gastroenterology Clinics of North America

Animal experiments

Handling stress may confound murine gut microbiota studies – Cary R. Allen-Blevins – PeerJ

Water microbiome

Effect of marker choice and thermal cycling protocol on zooplankton DNA metabarcoding studies – Laurence J. Clarke – Ecology and Evolution

Food microbiology

Cultivable microbiome of fresh white button mushrooms – W. Rossouw Letters in Applied Microbiology

Phages and viruses

Acquisition of Phage Sensitivity by Bacteria through Exchange of Phage Receptors – Elhanan Tzipilevich – Cell

For viral predators of bacteria, sensitivity can be contagiousNew modes of bacteriophage spread discovered – ScienceDaily

Techniques

Evaluation of Oxford Nanopore MinION Sequencing for 16S rRNA Microbiome Characterization – Xiao Ma – bioRxiv

Lifetime of Phosphorescence from Nanoparticles Yields Accurate Measurement of Concentration of Oxygen in Microdroplets, Allowing One To Monitor the Metabolism of Bacteria – Michał Horka – Analytical Chemistry

Press: New type of monitoring provides information about the life of bacteria in microdroplets – Science Daily

Microbes in the news

Self-Experimenting Scientist Receives uBiome Grant to Investigate Consequences of Long-Term Antibiotic Use for Skin Conditions – PR Web

The art within Microbiology, and a coloring book – Chloe Schmidt – Frontiers Blog

Mapping the Microorganisms Behind Hospital-Borne Infections – Allison Bond – The Atlantic

Springfield Science Museum Explores the Human Microbiome – Business West

Researchers receive Moore Foundation grant to study the global ocean microbiome – Alan Flurry – University of Georgia

Scientists pave the way for enhanced detection and treatment of vascular graft infections – Science Daily

The Metabolome: The Missing Link that Binds the Microbiome with Human Health – Mike Milburn – GenEngNews

Proceed with caution: The Key to Reversing Autism May Be in the Microbiome – Emeran Mayer – Big Think

Microbes on the market

Carmel biotech firm scores major deal with pharmaceutical giant – Indianapolis Business Journal

Mawi DNA Technologies Launches ISWAB-Microbiome Sample Collection System – BusinessWire

Science, publishing, and career

Beware! Academics are getting reeled in by scam journals – The number of predatory publishers is skyrocketing – and they’re eager to pounce on unsuspecting scholars – Alex Gillis

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