September 20, 2018

Today’s digest presents reviews covering potential of microbiome in olfactory communication and oral-gut microbiome axis in rheumatoid arthritis; articles on association of human gut microbiome with different diseases; news on antibiotics and scientific data on personality types in humans.

General microbiome

Review: The Extended Genotype: Microbially Mediated Olfactory Communication – Alexandra J.R. Carthey – Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Talk to your gut: the oral-gut microbiome axis and its immunomodulatory role in the etiology of rheumatoid arthritis – Marines du Teil Espina – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Commmentary: Regulating stool for microbiota transplantation – Pilar N Ossorio – Gut microbes

Proteomics and the microbiome: pitfalls and potential – Huafeng Lin – Expert Review of Proteomics

Pregnancy and early life

Postnatal exposure to household disinfectants, infant gut microbiota and subsequent risk of overweight in children – Mon H. Tun – Canadian Medical Association Journal

Human gut microbiome

Gut Microbiota Differs in Composition and Functionality Between Children With Type 1 Diabetes, MODY2, and Healthy Control Subjects: A Case-Control Study – Isabel Leiva-Gea – Diabetes Care

Analysis of gut microbiota profiles and microbe-disease associations in children with autism spectrum disorders in China – Mengxiang Zhang – Scientific Reports

Mucosal microbiota of intestinal polyps reveals putative biomarkers of colorectal cancer – Marta Mangifesta – Scientific Reports

Predicting recurrence of Clostridium difficile infection following encapsulated fecal microbiota transplantation – Christopher Staley – Microbiome

Could fecal phenylacetic and phenylpropionic acids be used as indicators of health status? – Isabel Gutiérrez-Díaz – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemisty

Altered intestinal antibacterial gene expression response profile in irritable bowel syndrome is linked to bacterial composition and immune activation – Sean M. P. Bennet – Neurogastroenterology and Motility

Animal experiments

Melatonin reprogramming of gut microbiota improves lipid dysmetabolism in high fat diet-fed mice – Jie Yin – Journal of Pineal Research

Water and extremophile microbiome

Dynamics of microbial populations mediating biogeochemical cycling in a freshwater lake – Keith Arora-Williams – Microbiome

Probiotics/Prebiotics

The Impact of Probiotic Supplements on Cognitive Parameters in Euthymic Individuals with Bipolar Disorder: A Pilot Study – Eva Z Reininghaus – Neuropsychobiology

Microbes in the news

The case for expensive antibioticshttp://www.wired.com

Crucial antibiotics still used on US farms despite public health fear  The Guardian

Non-microbiology picks

A robust data-driven approach identifies four personality types across four large data sets – Martin Gerlach – Nature Human Behaviour

 

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September 18, 2018

Quite a few articles of interest today:

  1. Foods that are protective of the gut microbiome: Specific oligosaccharides in breast milk can compensate for the effects of C-section births, and cranberries can compensate for the effects of dietary changes in mice.
  2. A possible bi-directional relationship between the gut microbiome and high altitudes: Specific differences in the gut microbiome are associated with differences in tolerance to high altitudes in males, and exposure to high altitudes can alter the gut microbiome in mice.
  3. Microbes in Space: Nitrogen cycle nicroorganisms that may be able to produce food, water and O2 in space, and exposing desert extremophiles to Martian conditions to learn about the kinds of bacteria on other planets

Also: How smoking impacts the lung virome, the association between fecal microbiome profile and phylogeny in deer genera, and the development of the dust microbiome over time in a classroom

Pregnancy and early life

*Fucosylated oligosaccharides in mother’s milk alleviate the effects of caesarean birth on infant gut microbiota – Katri Korpela – Scientific Reports

The influence of maternal vaginal flora on the intestinal colonization in newborns and 3-month-old infants – Iwona Gabriel – The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine

Fecal Volatile Organic Compounds in Preterm Infants Are Influenced by Enteral Feeding Composition – Sofia el Manouni el Hassani – Sensors

Multi-site human microbiome

Review: Talk to your gut: the oral-gut microbiome axis and its immunomodulatory role in the etiology of rheumatoid arthritis – Marines du Teil Espina – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Human respiratory microbiome

*Smoking is associated with quantifiable differences in the human lung DNA virome and metabolome – Ann C. Gregory – Respiratory Research

Human anal microbiome

Anal microbial patterns and oncogenic HPV in a pilot study of Nigerian men who have sex with men at risk for or living with HIV – Rebecca G Nowak – AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses

Human gut microbiome

*Associations between the gut microbiota and host responses to high altitude – J. Philip Karl – American Journal of Physiology

Intestinal barrier integrity in patients with plaque psoriasis – Mariusz Sikora – The Journal of Dermatology

Review: Mechanisms by which gut microorganisms influence food sensitivities
– Alberto Caminero – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Review: Selective sensitivity of the gut microbiome to iron chelators in polybacterial abdominal sepsis – Kayle Dickson – Medical Hypotheses

Review: ADHD-originating in the gut? The emergence of a new explanatory model – Anna M. Sandgren – Medical Hypotheses

Review: Guideline for the Management of Clostridium Difficile Infection in Children and Adolescents With Cancer and Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem-Cell Transplantation Recipients – Caroline Diorio – Journal of Clinical Oncology

Review: Altered Gut Microbiota in Type 2 Diabetes: Just a Coincidence? – Antonio Sircana – Current Diabetes Reports

Review: Bowel Biofilms: Tipping Points between a Healthy and Compromised Gut? – Hanne L.P. Tytgat – Trends in Microbiology

Review: Fecal microbiota transplant – a new frontier in inflammatory bowel disease – Sunkara T – Dove Press

Review: Gut microbiota, cognitive frailty and dementia in older individuals: a systematic review –  Ticinesi A – Dove Press

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Animal experiments

Deletion of poly(ADP‑ribose) polymerase-1 changes the composition of the microbiome in the gut – András Vida – Molecular Medicine Reports

Lactobacillus reuteri F‐9‐35 Prevents DSS‐Induced Colitis by Inhibiting Proinflammatory Gene Expression and Restoring the Gut Microbiota in Mice – Mao‐cheng Sun – Journal of Food Science

*Cranberries attenuate animal-based diet-induced changes in microbiota composition and functionality: A randomized crossover controlled feeding trial – Jose Rodríguez-Morató – The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

*The effect of exposure to high altitude and low oxygen on intestinal microbial communities in mice – Wei Zhang – PLOS ONE

The Effects of Berberine on the Gut Microbiota in Apc min/+ Mice Fed with a High Fat Diet – Huan Wang – Molecules

The influence of gut microbiota dysbiosis to the efficacy of 5-Fluorouracil treatment on colorectal cancer – Lu Yuan – Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy

Protein deficiency reduces efficacy of oral attenuated human rotavirus vaccine in a human infant fecal microbiota transplanted gnotobiotic pig model – Ayako Miyazaki – Vaccine

In vitro experiments

Butyrate upregulates the TLR4 expression and the phosphorylation of MAPKs and NK‑κB in colon cancer cell in vitro – Tengfei Xiao – Oncology Letters

Animal microbiome

Comparison of the gut microbiota of captive common bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus in three aquaria – Akihiko Suzuki – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Bacteria richness and antibiotic-resistance in bats from a protected area in the Atlantic Forest of Southeastern Brazil – Vinícius C. Cláudio – PLOS ONE

*Divergence of Fecal Microbiota and Their Associations With Host Phylogeny in Cervinae – Jiaying Li – Frontiers in Microbiology

Probiotics modify body weight together with anxiety states via pro-inflammatory factors in HFD-treated Syrian golden hamster – Ennio Avolio – Behavioural Brain Research

Effects of short-term fasting on in vivo rumen microbiota and in vitro rumen fermentation characteristics – Jong Nam Kim – Asian-Australas Journal of Animal Sciences

The rumen microbiome: a crucial consideration when optimising milk and meat production and nitrogen utilisation efficiency – Chloe Matthews – Gut

MicrobesEvaluation of conjunctival microbiota in clinically normal persian squirrels (Sciurus Anomalus) – Houman Faghihi – Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Trichoderma gamsii affected herbivore feeding behaviour on Arabidopsis thaliana by modifying the leaf metabolome and phytohormones – Dongmei Zhou – Microbial Biotechnology

Responses of soil biological traits and bacterial communities to nitrogen fertilization mediate maize yields across three soil types – Hailing Yu – Soil and Tillage Research

Soil microbial response to Rhododendron understory removal in southern Appalachian forests: Effects on extracellular enzymes – Ernest D. Osburn – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Insight into Bacterial Community Diversity and Monthly Fluctuations of Medicago sativa Rhizosphere Soil in Response to Hydrogen Gas Using Illumina High-Throughput Sequencing – Zhiying Li – Current Microbiology

Bacterial diversity in rhizosphere of Paspalum scrobiculatum L. (kodo millet) is revealed with shotgun metagenome sequencing and data analysis – Ratna Prabha – Data in Brief

Responses of soil biological traits and bacterial communities to nitrogen fertilization mediate maize yields across three soil types – Hailing Yu – Soil and Tillage Research

Microbial Ecology

Effects of Cd, Cu, Zn and their combined action on microbial biomass and bacterial community structure – Jiuwei Song – Environmental Pollution

Effects of graphene oxides and silver-graphene oxides on aquatic microbial activity – Kwanyoung Ko – Science of The Total Environment

Built environment

*Longitudinal development of the dust microbiome in a newly opened Norwegian kindergarten – Anders B. Nygaard – Microbiome

Microbiological analysis of contact lens cases: impact of the hospital environment – Vinicius Targa Villas Bôas – Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia

Microbes in space

*Nitrogen cycle microorganisms can be reactivated after Space exposure – Ralph E. F. Lindeboom – Scientific Reports

*Desert cyanobacteria under space and planetary simulations: a tool for searching for life beyond Earth and supporting human space exploration – Daniela Billi – International Journal of Astrobiology

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Bioinformatics

MetaWRAP—a flexible pipeline for genome-resolved metagenomic data analysis – Gherman V. Uritskiy – Microbiome

Approximate, simultaneous comparison of microbial genome architectures via syntenic anchoring of quiver representations  – Alex N Salazar – Bioinformatics

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Microbes in the news

The electrifying energy of gut microbes – Laty A. Cahoon – Nature News and Views

Bacteria and Art

How Anicka Yi’s Science Experiments Are Expanding the Boundaries of Art – Andrew Russeth – W

 

 

August 31, 2018

Today’s digest features the rumen microbiome from a culturomics point of view, case study of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains that helped a boy with short bowel syndrome, aging cheese in Murray’s urban caves, and much more. And, check out my non-microbiology pick that can help you become a better writer! Happy September!

Human microbiome

Worldwide Variation in Human Milk Metabolome: Indicators of Breast Physiology and Maternal Lifestyle? – Melvin C. L. Gay – Nutrients

Animal microbiome

*Insights Into Culturomics of the Rumen Microbiome – Tamar Zehavi – Front. Microbiol.

Review: Addressing global ruminant agricultural challenges through understanding the rumen microbiome: Past, present and future – Sharon Ann Huws – Front. Microbiol.

Lactic acid treatment of by-products and phosphorus level in the diet modulate bacterial microbiome and the predicted metagenome functions using the rumen simulation technique – Barbara U.Metzler-Zebeli – Journal of Dairy Science

Microbiome composition within a sympatric species complex of intertidal isopods (Jaera albifrons) – Wenzel Marius – PLoS One

Probiotics

*D-lactic Acidosis: Successful Suppression of D-lactate–Producing Lactobacillus by Probiotics – Bahtiyar Yilmaz – Paediatrics

Cholesterol-lowering effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus BFE5264 and its influence on the gut microbiome and propionate level in a murine model – Soyoung Park – PLoS One

Effects of lactoferrin on neonatal pathogens and Bifidobacterium breve in human breast milk – Tabitha Woodman – PLoS One

Water microbiome

Nitrifying and Denitrifying Bacterial Communities in Advanced Nitrogen-Removal Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems – Sara Wigginton – Journal of Environmental Quality – Environmental Microbiology

Soil microbiome

Preprint: Unraveling the effects of spatial variability and relic DNA on the temporal dynamics of soil microbial communities – Paul Carini – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

*The Art and Science of Aging Cheese – Crystal Shi – The Epoch Times

Svetlana’s non-microbiology pick

*A great and neat tips list for all interested in better writing: Five common writing mistakes new scientists make – Jacquelyn Gill

August 30, 2018

Today’s digest covers population based studies on regional specificity of the gut microbiome, guidelines on use of fecal microbiota transplant, and review articles on role of the gut microbiome in colorectal cancer, liver tumors and functional gastrointestinal disorders. Also includes articles on how xenobiotics and psychotropic drugs affect the gut microbiota, and link to wonderful bacterial art!

General microbiome

Regional variation limits applications of healthy gut microbiome reference ranges and disease models – Yan He – Nature Medicine

Depicting the composition of gut microbiota in a population with varied ethnic origins but shared geography – Melanie Deschasaux – Nature Medicine

The use of faecal microbiota transplant as treatment for recurrent or refractory Clostridium difficile infection and other potential indications: joint British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) guidelines – Benjamin H Mullish – Gut

Bile Acids, the Microbiome, Immunity, and Liver Tumors – Christoph Schramm – The New England Journal of Medicine

Review: The gut microbiome and colorectal cancer: a review of bacterial pathogenesis – Jessica D. Dahmus – Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology

Human gut microbiome

Review: The Gut Microbiome in Adult and Pediatric Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders – Andrea Shin – Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Changes in microbiota composition, bile and fatty acid metabolism, in successful faecal microbiota transplantation for Clostridioides difficile infection – Jillian RM Brown – BMC Gastroenterology

“Cocktail” of Xenobiotics at Human Relevant Levels Reshapes the Gut Bacterial Metabolome in a Species-Specific Manner – Yingdan Zhang – Environmental Science and Technology

Animal experiments

Microbial Sensing by Intestinal Myeloid Cells Controls Carcinogenesis and Epithelial Differentiation – Naoteru Miyata – Cell Reports

Transplacental immune modulation with a bacterial-derived agent protects against allergic airway inflammation – Kyle T Mincham – Journal of Clinical Investigation

Differential effects of psychotropic drugs on microbiome composition and gastrointestinal function – Sofia Cussotto – Pschycopharmocology

Butyrate and Dietary Soluble Fiber Improve Neuroinflammation Associated With Aging in Mice – Stephanie M Matt – Frontiers in Immunonology

Correlations between intestinal innate immune genes and cecal microbiota highlight potential for probiotic development for immune modulation in poultry – Nicky-Lee Willson – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Convergence between the microcosms of Southeast Asian and North American pitcher plants – Leonora S Bittleston – Elife

Water and extremophile microbiome 

In situ development of a methanotrophic microbiome in deep-sea sediments – S E Ruff – ISME Journal

Probiotics/Prebiotics

Probiotics for management of infantile colic: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials – Radoslaw Dryl – Archives of Medical Science

Bioinformatics

A multi-source domain annotation pipeline for quantitative metagenomic and metatranscriptomic functional profiling – Ari Ugarte – Microbiome

Microbes in the news

The world’s smallest masterpieces? Microscopic version of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and portraits of Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin are recreated using MILLIONS of bacteria – Daily Mail

Non-microbiology picks 

Evaluating the replicability of social science experiments in Nature and Science between 2010 and 2015 – Colin F Camerer – Nature Human Behaviour

 

August 22, 2018

Today’s digest is a mix of exciting reviews and research articles. The research articles are about – association between (site-specific) microbiota changes and stunded chilhood growth, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and Ankylosing Spondylitis; new tools to analyze mother-infant phage transmission; and low cost platform to analyze gut microbiota and host biomarkers. Also includes statement from FDA on regulation of live microbiome-based products, and comparison of single versus multiple strain probiotics in intestinal dysbiosis.

General microbiome

Review: Microbiology of the built environment – Jack A Gilbert – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Considerations for Best Practices in Studies of Fiber or Other Dietary Components and the Intestinal Microbiome – David M Klurfeld – American Journal of Physiology Endocrinology and Metabolism

Review: Impact of the commensal microbiota in atherosclerosis and arterial thrombosis – Klytaimnistra Kiouptsi – British Journal of Pharmacology

Pregnancy and early life

Metagenomic analysis with strain-level resolution reveals fine-scale variation in the human pregnancy microbiome – Daniela SA Goltsman – bioRxiv

Human respiratory microbiome

Early Airway Microbial Metagenomic and Metabolomic Signatures are Associated with Development of Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia – Charitharth V Lal – American Journal of Physiology

Human gut microbiome

Stunted childhood growth is associated with decompartmentalization of the gastrointestinal tract and overgrowth of oropharyngeal taxa – Pascale Vonaesch – PNAS

Tracing mother-infant transmission of bacteriophages by means of a novel analytical tool for shotgun metagenomic datasets: METAnnotatorX – Christian Milani – Microbiome

Altered Bacteria-Fungi Inter-Kingdom Network in Gut of Ankylosing Spondylitis Patients – Ming Li – bioRxiv

Animal experiments

Hyperactivated PI3Kd promotes self and commensal reactivity at the expense of optimal humoral immunity – Silvia Preite – Nature Immunology

The Potential Role of the Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4-Like Activity From the Gut Microbiota on the Host Health – Marta Olivares – Frontiers in Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Effects of compost containing oxytetracycline on enzyme activities and microbial communities in maize rhizosphere soil – Lisha Zhen – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Impact of soil salinity on the microbial structure of halophyte rhizosphere microbiome – Salma Mukhtar – World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Inter-Kingdom beach warfare: Microbial chemical communication activates natural chemical defences – Zeinab G Khalil – The ISME Journal

Biogeography and taxonomic overview of terrestrial hot spring thermophilic phages – Olivier Zablocki – Extremophiles

Food microbiology

How Fine Structural Differences of Xylooligosaccharides and Arabinoxylooligosaccharides Regulate Differential Growth of Bacteroides Species – Mihiri Mendis – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Probiotics / prebiotics

Influence of monostrain and multistrain probiotics on immunity, intestinal ultrastructure and microbiota in experimental dysbiosis – E Ermolenko – Beneficial Microbes

Effect of probiotic Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1 on the relationship between gut microbiota profile and stress sensitivity in maternally separated rats – Hirokazu Fukui – Scientific Reports

Techniques

A low-cost paper-based synthetic biology platform for analyzing gut microbiota and host biomarkers – Melissa K Takahashi – Nature Communications

Microbes in the news

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on advancing the science and regulation of live microbiome-based products used to prevent, treat, or cure diseases in humans – Food and Drug Administration

Non-microbiology picks

Mechanisms regulating intestinal barrier integrity and its pathological implications – Chaithanya Chelakkot – Experimental and Molecular Medicine

 

August 10, 2018

This Friday enjoy reading about the global topsoil microbiome, human pharyngeal microbiota profiles and microbial biomarkers associated with chronic kidney disease. There’s an interesting podcast [Mapping microbes on the metro]! Happy weekend!

Human gut microbiome

Neonatal selection by Toll-like receptor 5 influences long-term gut microbiota composition – Marcus Fulde – Nature

*Altered gut microbiota and microbial biomarkers associated with chronic kidney disease – Hengzhong Lun – Microbiologyopen.

Review: Rebuilding the Gut Microbiota Ecosystem – Antonella Gagliardi – Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health

Human respiratory microbiome

*Human pharyngeal microbiota in age-related macular degeneration – Eliza Xin Pei Ho – PLoS One

Plant, root and soil microbiome

*Structure and function of the global topsoil microbiome – Mohammad Bahra – Nature

Mini review: Root colonization: imperative mechanism for efficient plant protection and growth – Swati Sachdev and Rana Pratap Singh – MOJ Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Review: From Microscopy to Genomic Approach in Soil Biodiversity Assessment – Lucia Popescu and Zhi-Ping Cao – Curr. Issues Mol. Biol.

Review: You Are What You Can Find to Eat: Bacterial Metabolism in the Rhizosphere – Nicola Holden – Curr. Issues Mol. Biol.

Podcast

*Gut bacteria vs the immune system; Mapping microbes on the metro – Adam Levy and Benjamin Thompson – Nature Podcast

Microbes in the news

Checkpoint for gut microbes after birth – Andrew J. Macpherson and Stephanie C. Ganal-Vonarburg – Nature News and Views

August 6, 2018

In today’s digest, look for probiotic trials for renal insufficiency and metabolic syndrome, experimental dysbiosis in SIV-infected primates, bacterial and fungal network analyses in soils, and recombination in the human virome. Plus, bacteria in the popular press, hints for scientists using Twitter, the first stem cell therapies for Parkinson’s Disease, and more!

Human gut microbiome
Antigenic mimicry of ubiquitin by the gut bacterium Bacteroides fragilis: a potential link with autoimmune disease – Linda Stewart – Clinical and Experimental Immunology

Animal experiments
Experimental microbial dysbiosis does not promote disease progression in SIV-infected macaques – Alexandra M. Ortiz – Nature Medicine

Addition of dairy lipids and probiotic Lactobacillus fermentum in infant formula programs gut microbiota and entero-insular axis in adult minipigs – Marion Lemaire – Scientific Reports

Animal microbiome
Increased Numbers of Culturable Inhibitory Bacterial Taxa May Mitigate the Effects of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Australian Wet Tropics Frogs – Sara C. Bell – Frontiers in Microbiology

Characterization of the fecal microbiota of healthy horses – Holly L. Stewart – American Journal of Veterinary Research

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Microbes follow Humboldt: temperature drives plant and soil microbial diversity patterns from the Amazon to the Andes – Andrew T. Nottingham – Ecology

Soil bacterial networks are less stable under drought than fungal networks – Franciska T. de Vries – Nature Communications

Contrasting distribution patterns between aquatic and terrestrial Phytophthora species along a climatic gradient are linked to functional traits – Miguel A. Redondo – The ISME Journal

Variations in microbial community and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) dissipation in different rhizospheric compartments between low- and high-DEHP accumulating cultivars of rice (Oryza sativa L.) – Xue-Xue Chen – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Water and extremophile microbiome
Evaluation of performance and microbial community successional patterns in an integrated OCO reactor under ZnO nanoparticle stress – Zhenghui Liu – RSC Advances

Screening of quorum quenching activity of the bacteria isolated from dairy industry waste activated sludge – J. Kaur – International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology

Food Microbiology
Identification of Mesophilic Spore-formers in Whey Powder using Shotgun Metagenomic Sequencing – Aoife J. McHugh – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Probiotics/Prebiotics
An open-label, randomized, placebo-controlled study on the effectiveness of a novel probiotics administration protocol (ProbiotiCKD) in patients with mild renal insufficiency (stage 3a of CKD) – Mariadelina Simeoni – European Journal of Nutrition

Probiotic and synbiotic supplementation could improve metabolic syndrome in prediabetic adults: A randomized controlled trial – Nazila Kassaian – Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews

Phages and viruses
Investigation of recombination-intense viral groups and their genes in the Earth’s virome – Jan P. Meier-Kolthoff – Scientific Reports

Microbes in the news
Hong Kong Subway Study Shows How Quickly Bacteria Travel Across a City – Gizmodo

Bacteria hysteria
Please Don’t Give Up Your Pet Over The Fear Of Dog-Lick Bacteria – Huffington Post

Science, publishing, and career
Scientists on Twitter: Preaching to the choir or singing from the rooftops? – Isabelle Côté – Facets

Alyson’s non-microbiology picks
‘Reprogrammed’ stem cells to be tested in people with Parkinson’s

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