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Diverse bacteria on fresh fruits, vegetables vary with produce type, farming practices

Diverse bacteria on fresh fruits, vegetables vary with produce type, farming practices | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Fresh fruit and vegetables carry an abundance of bacteria on their surfaces, not all of which cause disease.
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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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Mining the microbial dark matter

Mining the microbial dark matter | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Microbiologists are finding new ways to explore the vast universe of unknown microbes in the hunt for antibiotics.
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This is what happens after you die

This is what happens after you die | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Most of us would rather not think about what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways, writes Moheb Costandi.
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Esto es lo que pasa cuando te mueres

 

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This Beetle is Ruining Your Coffee With the Help of Bacteria – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

This Beetle is Ruining Your Coffee With the Help of Bacteria – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
I am writing a book about partnerships between animals and microbes. In the process, I have consumed a frankly obscene amount of coffee, to the extent that the dedication might just read “To coffee...
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How to Program One of the Gut’s Most Common Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

How to Program One of the Gut’s Most Common Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Last month, I wrote a feature for New Scientist about smart probiotics—bacteria that have been genetically programmed to patrol our bodies, report on what they find, and improve our health. Here’s ...
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Single-Celled Creature Has Eye Made of Domesticated Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Single-Celled Creature Has Eye Made of Domesticated Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The oceans are full of eyes. Giant squid scan the depths with the world’s largest ones, which are oddly similar to those of the sperm whales that hunt them. Mantis shrimps watch for prey using eyes...
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Using bacteria to make self-healing concrete

Using bacteria to make self-healing concrete | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Concrete is the most commonly used construction material on earth. It’s made from mixing cement, sand, stone and water, and is used in everything from roads and buildings to bridges and sewers. Alt...
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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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http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b00570 ;

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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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Resistance isn’t futile – how to tackle drug-resistant superbugs

Resistance isn’t futile – how to tackle drug-resistant superbugs | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Big pharmaceutical companies have been shutting down their antibiotics programmes, but researchers are now adopting new approaches to tackling drug-resistant superbugs

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I am involved in the Small World Initiative in the UK, involving undergraduates in real world research and hopefully helping to identify new antimicrobials from soil microbes.

http://www.sgm.ac.uk/outreach/small-world-initiative/

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How To Make Better Health Predictions From Our Gut Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

How To Make Better Health Predictions From Our Gut Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
We all know people who act very differently depending on the company they find themselves in. They can be delightful in some circles, and obnoxious in others. The same principles apply to the micro...
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The 'Immortal' Homemade Yogurt That Traveled 'Round The World

The 'Immortal' Homemade Yogurt That Traveled 'Round The World | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
An Indian immigrant in Oklahoma missed the yogurt she'd grown up with. So when she traveled to India, she brought some back to use to make it herself. Forty years later, that yogurt lives on.
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The bacterial flagellar motor: brilliant evolution or intelligent design?

The bacterial flagellar motor: brilliant evolution or intelligent design? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The complexity of nature's most impressive swimmer leads some to mistakenly believe it was designed, but it is proof of evolution at work, writes Matt Baker.
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Scientists Have Discovered THIRTY FIVE New Bacterial Phyla

Scientists Have Discovered THIRTY FIVE New Bacterial Phyla | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The fundamental tree of life might have to be redrawn. Researchers looking into the branch that contains all bacteria have discovered that it is far more complex than previously thought. By sequencing hundreds of bacterial genomes, they’ve found a staggering 35 new phyla.
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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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