October 09, 2020

Face masks: what the data say – Lynne Peeples – Nature

Pregnancy and early life

[REVIEW] Can we prevent allergic disease? Understanding the links between the early life microbiome and allergic diseases of childhood – Petersen & Turvey – Current Opinions in Pediatrics

Human skin microbiome

Atopic Dermatitis and the Role of the Skin Microbiome in Choosing Prevention, Treatment, and Maintenance Options – Baldwin ety al. – Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

Animal experiments (mouse/rat experiments, chickens/pigs on different diets)

[PREPRINT] Western-style diet impedes colonization and clearance of gut bacterial pathogens – Gewirtz et al. – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Taxonomic profiling of individual nematodes isolated from copse soils using deep amplicon sequencing of four distinct regions of the 18S ribosomal RNA gene – Kenmotsu et al. – PLOS One

The red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum: A model for host-microbiome interactions – Agarwal & Agashe – PLOS One

[PREPRINT] Meta-transcriptomic identification of divergent Amnoonviridae in fish – Turnbull et al. – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome (sea, rivers, lakes, glaciers, permafrost, high-salt)

Metagenome analysis from the sediment of river Ganga and Yamuna: In search of beneficial microbiome – Behera et al. – PLOS One

Phages and viruses

[PREPRINT] Thousands of previously unknown phages discovered in whole-community human gut metagenomes – Benler et al. – bioRxiv


Metabolic pathway inference using multi-label classification with rich pathway features – Basher, McLaughlin & Hallam – PLOS Computational Biology

Big Data in metagenomics: Apache Spark vs MPI – Abuin et al. – PLOS One

One thought on “October 09, 2020

  1. Some quotes from the Nature article on masks:

    >When her Danish colleagues first suggested distributing protective cloth face masks to people in Guinea-Bissau to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Christine Benn wasn’t so sure.

    >“I said, ‘Yeah, that might be good, but there’s limited data on whether face masks are actually effective,’” says Benn, a global-health researcher at the University of Southern Denmark in Copenhagen, who for decades has co-led public-health campaigns in the West African country, one of the world’s poorest.

    >That was in March.

    >Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

    >For now, Osterholm, in Minnesota, wears a mask. Yet he laments the “lack of scientific rigour” that has so far been brought to the topic. “We criticize people all the time in the science world for making statements without any data,” he says. “We’re doing a lot of the same thing here.”

    Thanks for sharing that.


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