November 29, 2017

Short digest today with many popular news articles, including an article on the bacteria found on the international space station!

Events and jobs

QC Supervisor, Microbiology – Organogenesis, Canton MA, USA

Assistant/Associate Professor of Microbiology – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NYC, New York, USA


  • Microbe physiology and metabolism

Metagenomics-guided analysis of microbial chemolithoautotrophic phosphite oxidation yields evidence of a seventh natural CO2 fixation pathway – Isreal Figueroa – PNAS

Preprint: RodZ promotes MreB polymer formation and curvature localization to determine the cylindrical uniformity of E. coli shape – Randy Morgenstein – bioRxiv

  • Human respiratory microbiome

Preprint: Modelling the effects of bacterial cell state and spatial location on tuberculosis treatment: Insights from a hybrid multiscale cellular automaton model – Ruth Bowness -bioRxiv

  • Human gut microbiome

The triune of intestinal microbiome, genetics and inflammatory status and its impact on lower gastrointestinal anastomosis healing – Jou Lee – The FEBS Journal

Review: Interindividual variability in gut microbiota and host response to dietary interventions – Genelle Healey – Nutrition Reviews

Quercetin metabolism by fecal microbiota from healthy elderly human subjects – Motoi Tamura – PLoS One


  • Animal experiments

Preservation of three-dimensional spatial structure in the gut microbiome – Yuko Hasegawa – PLoS One

  • Animal microbiome

Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) within a pig herd – Anna Irene Vedel Sorensen – PLoS One


  • Microbes in the news

Bacteria found on International Space Station may be alien in origin, says cosmonaut – Andrew Griffin – Independent

Treatment of abnormal vaginal microbiota prior to embryo transfer may improve reproductive outcomes –  Medical Life Sciences News

Changes in microbiome due to antibiotic exposure may increase risk for inflammatory bowel disease – Medical Life Sciences News

Around 30 jobs created at University of Southampton for £26 million biofilm research project – Aaron Shaw – Daily Echo

Connection between Microbiome and Tissue Contractions Critical for Healthy Bowel Functions – Anamika P – The Global Health News

Scientists Use CRISPR to Turn E.Coli Bacteria into a Microscopic Tape Recorder – Kyree Leary – Futurism

Deep ocean bacteria discovered to play large role in carbon capture – Science Daily

A patient’s legacy: Researchers work to make phage therapy less of a long shot – Eric Boodman – STAT

  • Microbes on the market

Microbiome therapeutics market insights shared in detailed report By focusing on Top Companies like LLC; Seres Therapeutics; ENTEROME Bioscience; MaaT Pharma; Rebiotix, Inc.; Ritter Pharmaceuticals; Second Genome, Inc.; and OpenBiome – medGadget

Biomillenia Leverages QIAGEN Bioinformatics in Microbiome-on-a-Chip Discovery of Unculturable Microbes – Business Wire


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