May 31, 2017


Quite short Microbiome Digest today with plastic degrading microbes in news, while highlighted paper is about engineered bacteria. Enjoy your reading!


Events and jobs

Bioinformatics Research Associate, JDRF bioinformatics center, Harvard
General microbiome

Effect of meteorological factors and geographic location on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant enterococci colonization in the US – Natalia Blanco – PLOS One

Surface-attached molecules control Staphylococcus aureus quorum sensing and biofilm development – Minyoung Kevin Kim – Nature Microbiology
Human respiratory microbiome

A pilot study using metagenomic sequencing of the sputum microbiome suggests potential bacterial biomarkers for lung cancer – Simon J. S. Cameron – PLOS One

Human gut microbiome

Review: Screening and treating Helicobacter pylori infection for gastric cancer prevention on the population level – Yi-Chia Lee – Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Impact of maintenance immunosuppressive therapy on the fecal microbiome of renal transplant recipients: Comparison between an everolimus- and a standard tacrolimus-based regimen – Gianluigi Zaza – PLOS One
Animal microbiome

The microbiota of diapause: how host-microbe associations are formed after dormancy in an aquatic crustacean – Alexandra A. Mushegian – Animal Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome 
The Variable Influence of Dispersant on Degradation of Oil Hydrocarbons in Subarctic Deep-Sea Sediments at Low Temperatures (0–5°C) – Robert M. W. Ferguson – Scientific Reports

Metatranscriptomic analysis of prokaryotic communities active in sulfur and arsenic cycling in Mono Lake, California, USA – Christian F Edwardson – ISME Journal
Microbial biotechnology

Engineered bacteria can function in the mammalian gut long-term as live diagnostics of inflammation – David T Riglar – Nature Biotechnology

Microbes in space

Traces of Barents Sea plankton, bacteria from Madagascar found on ISS surface

ToNER: A tool for identifying nucleotide enrichment signals in feature-enriched RNA-seq data – Yuttachon Promworn – PLOS One

ANNOgesic: A Pipeline To Translate Bacterial/Archaeal RNA-Seq Data Into High-Resolution Genome Annotations – Sung-Huan Yu – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news 

Super-Charged Antibiotic Could Stop Resistant Bacteria For Years

Newly-Evolved Microbes Could Be Eating 90% of Ocean Plastic

Dirt has a microbiome, and it may double as an antidepressant

Microbes in art

Artists Use Bacteria To ‘Grow’ Masterpieces

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