July 24, 2020

Good afternoon all!

Today’s digest is a bit on the lighter side, nevertheless, there are some great papers to sink your teeth into.

Those with an interest in tropical diseases will want to read an investigation into the three-way relationship between humans, their microbiotas and the protozoan cause of Chagas disease.

History buffs, and fans of the epic novel ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’ may be interested by an analysis of the soil microbiome of the Jinsha relic, which is found at the site of the former Chinese Shu state capital.

For those more philosophically inclined, there is an interesting discussion on the impact of human space activity on the search for extra-terrestrial life. So that’s ancient history and space-age wizardry all covered in today’s rather modest digest. What more could you want?!

COVID-19

Preprint: Rapid in vitro assays for screening neutralizing antibodies and antivirals against SARS-CoV-2 – Oark et al.

Preprint: The D614G mutation in the SARS-CoV2 Spike protein increases infectivity in an ACE2 receptor dependent manner – Ogawa et al.

Preprint: Escape from neutralizing antibodies by SARS-CoV-2 spike protein variants – Weisblum et al.

General microbiome

Mapping of host-parasite-microbiome interactions reveals metabolic determinants of tropism and tolerance in Chagas disease – Hossain et al.Science Advances

Animal experiments

Host immunity and the colon microbiota of mice infected with Citrobacter rodentium are beneficially modulated by lipid-soluble extract from late-cutting alfalfa in the early stages of infection – Fries-Craft et al.PLOS One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Diversity and structure of soil microbiota of the Jinsha earthen relic – Yang et al.PLOS One

Quantitative detection of economically important Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense strains in Africa in plants, soil and water – Matthews et al. – PLOS One

Fungi, bacteria and oomycota opportunistically isolated from the seagrass, Zostera marina – Ettinger and Eisen – PLOS One

Techniques

Majority sensing in synthetic microbial consortia – Alnahhas et al. – Nature Communications

Microbes in the news

Should we disinfect outer space?: Jenna Sutela and Sophia Roosth in conversation – Sutela and Roosth – Art in America

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