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It's a gut reaction: how other people's bacteria can cure us – extract

It's a gut reaction: how other people's bacteria can cure us – extract | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
There are 100 trillion bacteria in the gut – and one US professor says transplanting them is the best way to combat gut infections, writes Mary Roach in an extract from her book Gulp
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Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news
A collection of material relating to microbiology and food safety generated to support my microbiology and food safety modules at Bath Spa University.
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The microorganisms that give us our Easter treats — University of Leicester

The microorganisms that give us our Easter treats — University of Leicester | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
From chocolate eggs to hot cross buns, a surprising amount of microbiological processes go into making and perfecting our traditional Easter foodstuffs, says Dr Primrose Freestone
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Vancouver General Hospital to add second superbug-sniffing dog after Angus's success

Vancouver General Hospital to add second superbug-sniffing dog after Angus's success | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

An English springer spaniel and his handler have been so successful at detecting a superbug at Vancouver General Hospital that a second dog is now being trained.


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How economics killed the antibiotic dream - BBC News

How economics killed the antibiotic dream - BBC News | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Economic incentives have dangerously distorted the use of antibiotics in people and animals.
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Study: Seven-fold increase in antibiotic-resistant infection among children

Study: Seven-fold increase in antibiotic-resistant infection among children | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Most news on the dangers of antibiotic-resistant infections focus on adults. But children are very much at risk too. In fact, a recent study found that U.S. children have experienced a 700 percent …
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Scientists Say Canadian Bacteria Fossils May Be Earth’s Oldest

Scientists Say Canadian Bacteria Fossils May Be Earth’s Oldest | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Ancient rocks have yielded tiny fossil-like formations up to 4.2 billion years old, researchers reported. But some experts are skeptical.
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East African hunter-gatherer research suggests the human microbiome is an ecological disaster zone

East African hunter-gatherer research suggests the human microbiome is an ecological disaster zone | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
We need micro-environmentalists to fight for the cause.
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A Probiotic Skin Cream Made With a Person’s Own Microbes

A Probiotic Skin Cream Made With a Person’s Own Microbes | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A new approach to treating eczema harnesses the defensive bacteria that already live on us.
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Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak

Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
DNA of 500-year-old bacteria is first direct evidence of an epidemic — one of humanity's deadliest — that occurred after Spanish conquest.
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You can’t stop an outbreak without breaking a few eggs

You can’t stop an outbreak without breaking a few eggs | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Last year, a paper from Microbial Genomics described how scientists used molecular detective work to get to the bottom of an outbreak across Europe. In June 2014, there was an outbreak of Salmonella at a hospital in Birmingham. Thirty-two people were affected, and one patient sadly died as a result of infection. Over the following weeks, more outbreaks began…
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Bacteriophage superspreaders

Bacteriophage superspreaders | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
It seems that some bacteriophages are very, very good at releasing intact DNA from infected cells, and they have been called superspreaders
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Antibiotic tolerance facilitates the evolution of resistance

Antibiotic tolerance facilitates the evolution of resistance | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Controlled experimental evolution during antibiotic treatment can shed light on the processes leading to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Recently, intermittent antibiotic exposures have been shown to lead rapidly to the evolution of tolerance, i.e., the ability to survive under treatment without developing resistance. However, whether tolerance delays or promotes the eventual emergence of resistance is unclear. Here, we used in vitro evolution experiments to explore this question. We found that in all cases tolerance preceded resistance. A mathematical population-genetics model showed how tolerance boosts the chances for resistance mutations to spread in the population. Thus, tolerance mutations pave the way for the rapid subsequent evolution of resistance. Preventing the evolution of tolerance may offer a new strategy for delaying the emergence of resistance.
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Why the advice to take all your antibiotics may be wrong

Why the advice to take all your antibiotics may be wrong | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Patients are told to finish their antibiotics, even if they feel better, but that guidance may be exacerbating antibiotic resistance, some experts say.
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Do you speak virus? Phages caught sending chemical messages

Do you speak virus? Phages caught sending chemical messages | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A virus that infects bacteria listens to messages from its relatives when deciding how to attack its hosts.
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Chocolate: The Fermentation and Flavors of the Chocomicrobiome

Chocolate: The Fermentation and Flavors of the Chocomicrobiome | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Chocolate, what gives this simple seed its unique and irresistible flavor? For that, we can thank microbes and the metabolic process of fermentation.
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Penarth Bakery fined £10k for hygiene breaches

Penarth Bakery fined £10k for hygiene breaches | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A Glamorgan bakery was fined more than £10,000 for 36 food hygiene offences, including placing unfit food on the market, failure to protect food from contamination and failing to control rodents.
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The fabulous life of germs

The fabulous life of germs | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Germs -- they get around. Learn what their travels and overall existence can teach us about not just ourselves, but the past, present and future of humanity.
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Some great TED talks on microbiology.
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How to solve a problem like antibiotic resistance

How to solve a problem like antibiotic resistance | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
There has been much recent talk about how to target the rising tide of antibiotic resistance across the world, one of the biggest threats to global health today. While there is no doubting the size of the problem facing scientists, healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical industry, there are innovative ways we can target antibiotic resistance in the short term.
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Does influenza make men more miserable than women?

Does influenza make men more miserable than women? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
"Man flu" is an internet meme, but the best evidence doesn't support the idea that cold and flu symptoms are worse in men than women.
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The drug-resistant bacteria that pose the greatest health threats

The drug-resistant bacteria that pose the greatest health threats | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
World Health Organization publishes list that it hopes will focus development of antibiotics.
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Antimicrobials from human skin commensal bacteria protect against Staphylococcus aureus and are deficient in atopic dermatitis

Antimicrobials from human skin commensal bacteria protect against Staphylococcus aureus and are deficient in atopic dermatitis | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Normal human skin is colonized by a variety of bacteria, which typically do not perturb the host. However, Staphylococcus aureus is known to aggravate symptoms of atopic dermatitis. Nakatsuji et al . report that other strains of Staphylococcus residing on the skin of healthy individuals produce a novel antimicrobial peptide that can inhibit S. aureus growth. Colonization of pigskin or mice with these protective commensals reduced S. aureus replication. Autologous bacterial transplant in a small number of atopic dermatitis patients drastically reduced S. aureus skin burden. This commensal skin transplant is already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with a clinical trial underway.
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Bacterial freeloaders: An unexpected mechanism of resistance

Bacterial freeloaders: An unexpected mechanism of resistance | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Bacterial freeloaders: An unexpected mechanism of resistance
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Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms

Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
E coli microbes have been modified to carry an expanded genetic code which researchers say will ultimately allow them to be programmed
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