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Infected burn makes dressing 'glow'

Infected burn makes dressing 'glow' | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a medical dressing that 'lights up' when a burn is infected.
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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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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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Ebolavirus will not become a respiratory pathogen

Ebolavirus will not become a respiratory pathogen | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

An otherwise balanced review of selected aspects of Ebolavirus transmission falls apart when the authors hypothesize that ‘Ebola viruses have the potential to be respiratory pathogens with primary respiratory spread.’

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A key quote from this article: "Viruses are masters of evolution, but apparently one item lacking from their repertoire is the ability to change the way that they are transmitted."

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Pathways of resistance: from mercury to methicillin

Pathways of resistance: from mercury to methicillin | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
In a climate of rising fear over the diminishing efficacy of antibiotics, microbiologists from the Universities of Nottingham and East Anglia have looked back at the bacteria-killing substances of ...
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Parasitic Wasps Infected with Mind-Controlling Viruses – Phenomena: The Loom

Parasitic Wasps Infected with Mind-Controlling Viruses – Phenomena: The Loom | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
In November, National Geographic put a ladybug and a wasp on its cover. They made for a sinister pair. The wasp, a species called Dinocampus coccinellae, lays an egg inside the ladybug Coleomegilla...
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How The Measles Virus Became A Master of Contagion – Phenomena: The Loom

How The Measles Virus Became A Master of Contagion – Phenomena: The Loom | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Here are two recent stories about viruses. They started out alike, and ended up very differently. In October, a woman in Guinea died of Ebola, leaving behind two sisters, one of them two years old,...
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Microbe Talk: January 2015

Microbe Talk: January 2015 | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

Imagine waking up tomorrow morning to find out that every bacterium and every archeon on the planet had suddenly vanished. What would happen? Could humanity survive? 

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Pub Christmas meal death pair jailed

Pub Christmas meal death pair jailed | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

A pub chef and manager have been jailed for perverting the course of justice over the death of a woman who got food poisoning from a Christmas dinner.

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Have We Found Alien Life?

Have We Found Alien Life? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of Popular Science. Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a colony of aliens incubating in his laboratory.
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Your death microbiome could catch your killer - life - 28 August 2014 - New Scientist

Your death microbiome could catch your killer - life - 28 August 2014 - New Scientist | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Identity, time of death, cause of death, even whether a corpse has been moved – the body's trillions of microbes could reveal it all
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A New Antibiotic That Resists Resistance – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

A New Antibiotic That Resists Resistance – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The British chemist Lesley Orgel had a rule: Evolution is cleverer than you. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have repeatedly proven him right. Since humans started making antibiotics for ourselves in...
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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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Meet the Phage, a Tiny Killer

Meet the Phage, a Tiny Killer | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
There are five times as many phages in a teaspoon of seawater as there are people in Rio de Janeiro. But what, exactly, do phages do?

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Stalking a wily foe: Scientists figure out how C. difficile bacteria wreak havoc in gut

Stalking a wily foe: Scientists figure out how C. difficile bacteria wreak havoc in gut | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
By staying up for two days straight, researchers have figured out for the first time exactly how Clostridium difficile wreaks havoc on the guts of animals in such a short time. The findings could help prevent or treat severe diarrhea and life-threatening disease in humans.
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Local councils’ food safety shame

Local councils’ food safety shame | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Which? has named and shamed the local councils with the poorest food safety enforcement records for the foodservice sector, with London not doing so well.
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Another breastfeeding benefit: Preparing baby's belly for solid food

Another breastfeeding benefit: Preparing baby's belly for solid food | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Researchers found that a baby’s diet during the first few months of life has a profound influence on the composition, diversity, and stability of the gut microbiome. These factors influence the baby’s ability to transition from milk to solid foods and may have long-term health effects.
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Antibiotic resistance transfer: where's the culprit?

Antibiotic resistance transfer: where's the culprit? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Escherichia coli is a species of bacteria that forms an essential part of the gut microbiome of many warm-blooded animals, including humans. Most strains are completely harmless to us, but some cau...
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Why Did the Chicken Make You Sick? - The New Yorker

Why Did the Chicken Make You Sick? - The New Yorker | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Bill Marler, the most powerful food-safety attorney in the country, may be all that stands between you and salmonella. Wil S. Hylton reports.
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Gut Check « Science-Based Medicine

Gut Check « Science-Based Medicine | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
I always cringe when I see an acupuncture headline with 'needle' or 'point' in the title. Can’t the writer avoid the cliched pun? I had an editor who...
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A nice overview of the current scientific research relating to probiotics and human gut microbiota.

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Frankenstein Can’t Come Out And Play Today – Phenomena: The Loom

Frankenstein Can’t Come Out And Play Today – Phenomena: The Loom | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
In the standard Frankenstein story, a scientist creates an unnatural monster that breaks out of the lab and runs amok. But why should unnatural make something unstoppable? The contrary is possible,...
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Can the Microbiome Mutiny? – Phenomena: The Loom

Can the Microbiome Mutiny? – Phenomena: The Loom | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
It's an ugly fact of life that getting old means getting infections. Old people get attacked more by pathogens, and the damage that these germs cause can speed up the aging process, leading to even...
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