December 29, 2017

It’s a bit quiet towards the end of the year, but not without highlights. Could we fight antibiotic resistance by targeting mild infections using alternative drugs? Do we want to correct our own genes using CRISPR and what’s the future for penicillin?


Associate Professor – Microbiology – Dental College -chennai

General microbiology

Efficient Hydrogen-Dependent Carbon Dioxide Reduction by Escherichia coli – Magali Roger et al. – Current Biology

Press: Bacteria under pressure run reaction in reverse to sequester carbon – John Timmer – Ars Technica

The Role of Type VI Secretion System Effectors in Target Cell Lysis and Subsequent Horizontal Gene Transfer – Peter David Ringel et al. – Cell Reports

Press: Predatory Bacteria Acquire Drug Resistance Directly from Rivals – Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

* Alternative therapeutics for self-limiting infections—An indirect approach to the antibiotic resistance challenge – Kristofer Wollein Waldetoft and Sam P. Brown – PLoS Biology

Author interview: Alternatives to Antibiotics: Why managing mild maladies matters – Beth Baker – PLoS Research News

Animal experiments

Under control: how a dietary additive can restore the gut microbiome and proteomic profile, and improve disease resilience in a marine teleostean fish fed vegetable diets – María Carla Piazzon et al. – Microbiome

Animal microbiome

Mosquito vector-associated microbiota: Metabarcoding bacteria and eukaryotic symbionts across habitat types in Thailand endemic for dengue and other arthropod-borne diseases – Panpim Thongsripong et al. – Ecology and Evolution

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Rhizosphere-associated Alcaligenes and Bacillus strains that induce resistance against blast and sheath blight diseases, enhance plant growth and improve mineral content in rice – Kaleem U. Kakar et al. – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Microbes in the news

A week of holiday junk food could derail your gut microbiome—but there’s hope – Claire Maldarelli – Popular Science

Microbiota and Cancer – Andrea S. Blevins Prime – Cancer Therapy Advisor

Maternal Antibiotic Exposure Affects Infant Fecal Microbiota Following Vaginal Delivery – Jessica Martin – Infectious Disease Advisor

Microbe expert claims we should wash them ‘AT LEAST’ once a week at a high temperature to avoid dust mites and bacteria – Unity Blott – Daily Mail

* CORRECTING THE GENES – Santanu Chakraborty – Bangalore Mirror

Govt study finds faecal bacteria in 97 percent ‘filtered’ water jars in Dhaka – Bdnews24

* 200 million lives saved – but prognosis for penicillin is not healthy – Harry Ridgewell and Angela Long (collaborator) – Wiki Tribune

Microbes on the market

Report on sale: Human Microbiome Therapeutics Market is expected to Witness a CAGR of 14.19 % Till 2022 including Key Players: Rebiotix, Seres Therapeutics – Craig Francis – Social Articles Tracking & PR

Report on sale: Microbiome Drugs Market by Production, Capacity Utilization Rate, Ex-Factory Price, Revenue, Cost, Gross and Gross Margin Analysis – Amit Pawar – Social Articles Tracking & PR


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