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Are we about to enter a world without antibiotics?

Are we about to enter a world without antibiotics? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

A terrible future could be on the horizon, a future which rips one of the greatest tools of medicine out of the hands of doctors. A simple cut to your finger could leave you fighting for your life. Luck will play a bigger role in your future than any doctor could. The most basic operations - getting an appendix removed or a hip replacement - could become deadly. Cancer treatments and organ transplants could kill you. Childbirth could once again become a deadly moment in a woman's life.

 

It's a future without antibiotics.

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Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news
A collection of material relating to microbiology and food safety in general, generated to support my microbiology and food safety modules at Bath Spa University.
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Campylobacter survey: cumulative results from the full 12 months (Q1 - Q4) | Food Standards Agency

Campylobacter survey: cumulative results from the full 12 months (Q1 - Q4) | Food Standards Agency | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The FSA has today published the final set of results from its year-long survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens. Campylobacter is a food bug mainly found on raw poultry and is the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK.
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We Need Antibiotics. They’re Not Profitable To Make. Who Pays? – Phenomena: Germination

We Need Antibiotics. They’re Not Profitable To Make. Who Pays? – Phenomena: Germination | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Within the slow-brewing crisis of antibiotic resistance—which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention kills 23,000 American each year—there are a lot of failures: of health care...
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A New Approach to Feeding the Fish That Feed Us | The Plate

A New Approach to Feeding the Fish That Feed Us | The Plate | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A Boston company is developing genetically-modified bacteria to feed farmed shrimp that may help feed the world someday.
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Can The Microbes You Leave Behind Be Used to Identify You? – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Can The Microbes You Leave Behind Be Used to Identify You? – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
When you touch a surface, you leave behind fingerprints—distinctive swirling patterns of oils that reveal your identity. You might also deposit traces of DNA, which can also be used to identify you...
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New Loki Microbe is Closest Relative to All Complex Life – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

New Loki Microbe is Closest Relative to All Complex Life – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Loki’s Castle lies midway between Greenland and Norway, around 2,300 metres below the ocean surface. It’s a field of hydrothermal vents—black, rocky chimneys that belch out volcanically superheated...
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The unseen world: reflections on Leeuwenhoek (1677) ‘Concerning little animals’

The unseen world: reflections on Leeuwenhoek (1677) ‘Concerning little animals’ | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

Leeuwenhoek's 1677 paper, the famous ‘letter on the protozoa’, gives the first detailed description of protists and bacteria living in a range of environments. 

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Horizonal gene transfer: Sweet potato naturally 'genetically modified'

Horizonal gene transfer: Sweet potato naturally 'genetically modified' | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Sweet potatoes from all over the world naturally contain genes from the bacterium Agrobacterium, researchers report. Sweet potato is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the world. Because of the presence of this "foreign" DNA, sweet potato can be seen as a "natural GMO," the researchers say.
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How a bacterial cell recognizes its own DNA

How a bacterial cell recognizes its own DNA | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
It may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that bacteria have an immune system -- in their case to fight off invasive viruses called phages. And like any immune system -- from single-celled to human -- the first challenge of the bacterial immune system is to detect the difference between 'foreign' and 'self.'
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Easter Chicks Can Spread Salmonella | The Plate

Easter Chicks Can Spread Salmonella | The Plate | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The CDC says wash your hands and avoid kissing those cute Easter chicks if you don't want to get sick.
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Takeaway owner charged over man's peanut death

Takeaway owner charged over man's peanut death | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Mohammed Zaman has been accused of manslaughter by gross negligence after Paul Wilson died following severe reaction to curry
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7 scary facts about antibiotic-resistant superbugs

It's a classic tragedy of the commons that we are terrifyingly slow to address. Time is running out.
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Asda hit hardest by latest campylobacter results

Asda hit hardest by latest campylobacter results | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Retailers have again failed to reach targets for campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought chickens, with almost three quarters of samples in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest survey results testing positive for the bug. 
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FDA, CDC and FSIS - Food Sickens and Kills | Marler Blog

FDA, CDC and FSIS - Food Sickens and Kills | Marler Blog | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

The FDA, CDC and the USDA’s FSIS today released a report on the new method for analyzing outbreak data to determine which foods are responsible for illness related to four major foodborne bacteria. 

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Antibiotic alternatives rev up bacterial arms race

Antibiotic alternatives rev up bacterial arms race | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
From predatory microbes to toxic metals, nature is inspiring new ways to treat infections.
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Infant antibiotic use linked to adult diseases

Infant antibiotic use linked to adult diseases | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A new study has found a three-way link among antibiotic use in infants, changes in the gut bacteria, and disease later in life.
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Root Fungi Can Turn Pine Trees Into Carnivores — or at Least Accomplices - Blogs

Root Fungi Can Turn Pine Trees Into Carnivores — or at Least Accomplices - Blogs | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Springtails are little leaping insects far too small to catch the notice of the naked human eye. But with a little magnification, some of them turn out to be adorable beyond belief.
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Strange Microorganism Under The Sea May Be Missing Link In Evolution

Strange Microorganism Under The Sea May Be Missing Link In Evolution | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a group of microscopic organisms in deep sea sediment from the Atlantic Ocean that could be the crucial missing link in the early evolution of life on Earth. Their study sheds light on one of the most important questions in biology: how did ancient ancestors of simple cells like bacteria evolve to give rise to more complex organisms such as us humans?
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No need for men to get flush-faced about faeces in beards

No need for men to get flush-faced about faeces in beards | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
What do beards and toilets have in common? Fortunately, for fans of facial growth, the answer, and the good news, is nothing
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Cancer Vaccine Delivered Via Coated Bacteria

Cancer Vaccine Delivered Via Coated Bacteria | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A vaccine placed inside a bacterium, which in turn is wrapped in tiny polymer particles, has been used to stimulate rodents' immune systems to attack cancer cells.
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How Salmonella survives the macrophage's acid attack

How Salmonella survives the macrophage's acid attack | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
New research reveals that Salmonella fights acid with acid, by lowering the pH of its own interior in response to the acidification of the Salmonella-containing compartment by the macrophage, and by using that low pH as a signal to turn on genes needed to establish an infection.
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Could Mothers’ Milk Nourish Mind-Manipulating Microbes? – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Could Mothers’ Milk Nourish Mind-Manipulating Microbes? – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Breast milk seems like a simple nutritious cocktail for feeding babies, but it is so much more than that. It also contains nutrients that feed the beneficial bacteria in a baby’s gut, and it contai...
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Food-poisoning pathogen: A multi-faceted poison?

Food-poisoning pathogen: A multi-faceted poison? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The Bacillus cereus bacteria is one of the potential causes of food poisoning. A recent study shows that this versatile pathogen produces 19 different variants of a poison that causes nausea and vomiting in human beings. This variety could explain why some cases are relatively benign and others can result in death.
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Capita and the great British food safety sell-off

Capita and the great British food safety sell-off | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The sale of a key government research unit to the outsourcing giant Capita could undermine essential work on food safety and lead to commercial concerns being put before the public interest, a leading expert has warned.
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Food Additives Inflame Mouse Guts By Disturbing Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

If you walk down the aisles of any supermarket, you’ll see what dietary emulsifiers can accomplish. This common class of food additives binds water and oils together, preventing mixtures of the two...
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Campylobacter survey: cumulative results from the first nine months | food.gov.uk

Campylobacter survey: cumulative results from the first nine months | food.gov.uk | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published the latest set of results from its year-long survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens. Campylobacter is a food bug mainly found on raw poultry and is the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK.
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