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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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A collection of material relating to microbiology and food safety in general
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Viruses: Friends, Foes, Change Agents

Viruses: Friends, Foes, Change Agents | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
In contrast to their negative reputation as disease causing agents, some viruses perform crucial biological and evolutionary functions that help to shape the world we live in.
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Small Things Considered: Microbial to Human Cell Ratio: Just Bragging Rights?

Small Things Considered: Microbial to Human Cell Ratio: Just Bragging Rights? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
by Jeffrey L. Fox | Microbiota buffs repeat it often these days, proudly reminding the public that the microbial cells associated with humans outnumber their host cells by a ratio of ten-to-one. In his letter in the February 2014 Microbe, however, Judah L. Rosner of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) makes a strong case for…
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I often use this 1:10 figure; in future I will be more careful to stress it is just a rough estimate.

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Bug cases rise at athletes' village

Bug cases rise at athletes' village | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

A suspected norovirus outbreak at the Commonwealth Games athletes' village in Glasgow has affected a further 20 people.

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New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes | The Scientist Magazine®

New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes | The Scientist Magazine® | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
An updated analysis of the gut microbiome extends the list of known bacterial genes to 9.8 million. 
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It's Okay To Be Smart • The oldest living thing in the world: These...

It's Okay To Be Smart • The oldest living thing in the world: These... | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The oldest living thing in the world: These actinobacteria, recovered from the subterranean brrrrr-osphere that is Siberian permafrost, are estimated to be 500,000 years old. While many ancient microbes have been revived from ancient dormant states, these bacterial cells have been continuously living for half a million years. It’s known that the bacteria aren’t mobile in the frozen Earth, so by radioactively dating the layers of soil around the microbes, scientists were able to estimate their age.


Unable to divide and reproduce, these microbes were shown to be actively repairing their DNA despite the frigid temperatures, their enzymes uniquely adapted to an environment that would mean certain death for perhaps every other creature on Earth. While not growing, moving, or reproducing, this sort of cryostasis counts as living if you ask me (and the scientists who study them).


What do you think this means for the possibility of life on other planets?


(via Rachel Sussman and Brain Pickings. Check out the original 2007 research paper here)
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Food Standards Agency - Food and You Waves 1 and 2: secondary data analysis published

Food Standards Agency - Food and You Waves 1 and 2: secondary data analysis published | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

FSA survey data indicates that socio-demographic variables such as age, gender and ethnicity are associated with reported food safety practices, but socio-economic variables such as income, education and housing tenure, are not.

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Food Standards Agency - FSA Annual Report of Incidents published

Food Standards Agency - FSA Annual Report of Incidents published | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Microbiological contamination

This was the only category of incidents that have been consistently increasing over time, from 147 in 2006 to 322 in 2013. In 2013, more than 30% of microbiological contamination incidents were due to salmonella.

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Food Standards Agency - New UK food poisoning figures published

Food Standards Agency - New UK food poisoning figures published | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

New research published today by the Food Standards Agency gives the most detailed picture yet of how many people suffer from food poisoning in the UK every year and how much food poisoning can be attributed to different foods.

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£10m prize to focus on antibiotics

£10m prize to focus on antibiotics | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

Antibiotic resistance has been selected as the focus for a £10m prize set up to tackle a major challenge of our time.

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UEA researchers discover Achilles’ heel in antibiotic-resistant bacteria

UEA researchers discover Achilles’ heel in antibiotic-resistant bacteria | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

Scientists at the University of East Anglia have made a breakthrough in the race to solve antibiotic resistance. New research published Wednesday in the journal Nature reveals an Achilles’ heel in the defensive barrier which surrounds drug-resistant bacterial cells.

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New weapon found in the war against superbugs - Health News - NHS Choices

New weapon found in the war against superbugs - Health News - NHS Choices | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
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Hepatitis E in pigmeat is a ticking timebomb

Hepatitis E in pigmeat is a ticking timebomb | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Hepatitis E in pork products will be the next battleground in foodborne diseases, a leading food safety expert has warned.
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Food and drink recalls in 2014 – in pictures

Food and drink recalls in 2014 – in pictures | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Sainsbury was involved in a third of food safety product recalls so far in 2014, according to food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA).
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Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry

Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Two-thirds of fresh retail chicken in the UK is contaminated with campylobacter, a nasty bug that affects about 280,000 people a year. We investigate why
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Why Has This Really Common Virus Only Just Been Discovered? – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Why Has This Really Common Virus Only Just Been Discovered? – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The most common viruses in your body don’t make you ill. Instead, they infect the legions of microbes that live in your gut. These bacteriophages, or phages for short, number in their trillions. An...
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How Microbes Can Help Feed the World, 2013

How Microbes Can Help Feed the World, 2013 | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
"How Microbes can Help Feed the World" explains how plant-microbe interactions can be used to increase crop production.
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Fussy eaters: the favoured food of Salmonella | Lab Rat, Scientific American Blog Network

Fussy eaters: the favoured food of Salmonella | Lab Rat, Scientific American Blog Network | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
As antibiotic resistance increases the search for new anti-bacterial treatments becomes more and more important. One way to design anti-bacterials is to find specific biochemical pathways ...
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These Microbes Drive The Planet’s Breath And Ocean’s Pulse – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

These Microbes Drive The Planet’s Breath And Ocean’s Pulse – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A few years ago, a team of scientists took an expensive robot, attached it to a buoy floating off the coast of Hawaii, and left it there. From the outside, it would have looked like an elaborate ga...
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Antibiotics: CMO answers your questions

Antibiotics: CMO answers your questions | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

Chief medical officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies, has been answering some of your questions about antibiotics.

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Small Things Considered: Microbe, Enzyme or Mineral? A Riddle in the Soil

Small Things Considered: Microbe, Enzyme or Mineral? A Riddle in the Soil | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
by Maddie Stone | When most people look at soil, they just see dirt. When I look at soil, I see billions of microorganisms crawling atop one another, consuming the dead in a feasting frenzy that stops for nothing save a deep freeze. I see microbes and their enzymes, the digestive juices that break…
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The Zoo In the Mouth – Phenomena: The Loom

The Zoo In the Mouth – Phenomena: The Loom | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
There's a philosophical quandary breeding in your mouth. Ever since Aristotle, philosophers and scientists have searched for the right way to classify living things. We call living things with feat...
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Sleeping Through the Blitz – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Sleeping Through the Blitz – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Almost all of our antibiotics are designed to kill growing bacteria. If the bacteria don’t grow, they don’t die. Think of the microbes as bicycles and antibiotics as sticks. If a bicycle’s wheels a...
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Excellent analogy in the first paragraph. I have been using the car crash and speed analogy but will be using this one (suitably acknowledged of course) in future lectures.

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Food Standards Agency - Parents serve up their kids' food hygiene habits

Food Standards Agency - Parents serve up their kids' food hygiene habits | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

Parents have a big influence on their children’s food hygiene habits, according to a survey by the Food Standards Agency. The results show a link between how people currently prepare their food and the behaviours they experienced when they were kids.

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Scientists condemn 'crazy, dangerous' creation of deadly airborne flu virus

Scientists condemn 'crazy, dangerous' creation of deadly airborne flu virus | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Researchers say recreation of Spanish flu strain highlights risk of pandemic, but critics say work puts global population at risk
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Queen's Speech: ‘Food poisoning threat’ from the 5p plastic bag charge

Queen's Speech: ‘Food poisoning threat’ from the 5p plastic bag charge | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Government plans to make supermarkets charge 5p for plastic bags could result in an increase in food poisoning, medical experts have warned.
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