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'Death risk' in measles outbreak

'Death risk' in measles outbreak | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Experts say low vaccination rates a decade ago are the reason for the outbreak of measles being seen in Wales.
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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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When microbes kill us, it‘s often by accident – Ed Yong – Aeon

When microbes kill us, it‘s often by accident – Ed Yong – Aeon | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
We assume that microbes evolved to attack humans when actually we are just civilian casualties in a much older war
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Bacterial Motors Come in a Dizzying Array of Models | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network

Bacterial Motors Come in a Dizzying Array of Models | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Bacteria that can swim propel themselves with corkscrew tails anchored in rotary motors. That may seem surprisingly mechanical for a microbe, but it is a system ...
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Penicillin tactics revealed by scientists

Penicillin tactics revealed by scientists | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
One of the oldest and most widely used antibiotics, penicillin, attacks enzymes that build the bacterial cell wall. Researchers have now shown that penicillin and its variants also set in motion a toxic malfunctioning of the cell's wall-building machinery, dooming the cell to a futile cycle of building and then immediately destroying that wall.
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Great new data showing how it is not just blocking of peptidoglycan cross-linking by penicillin that causes bacterial cell death.

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Who Made That Flavor? Maybe A Genetically Altered Microbe

Who Made That Flavor? Maybe A Genetically Altered Microbe | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Biotech companies are inserting new genes into microorganisms, turning them into tiny factories to produce valuable nutrients and flavors. But many of them don't want to talk about it.
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Before & After: Respiratory Microbes among Pilgrims to the Hajj - Body Horrors | DiscoverMagazine.com

Before & After: Respiratory Microbes among Pilgrims to the Hajj - Body Horrors | DiscoverMagazine.com | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

The Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca by millions of Muslims from around the world, is one of the largest gatherings of man on the face of the earth. 

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Retail survey on levels of campylobacter in chicken published | food.gov.uk

Retail survey on levels of campylobacter in chicken published | food.gov.uk | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published the cumulative results from the first two quarters of its year-long survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens. Tackling campylobacter is the FSA’s number one food safety priority and it is spearheading a campaign to bring together the whole food chain to tackle the problem.
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Air dryers 'blown away' by paper towels in germ tests - Health News - NHS Choices

Air dryers 'blown away' by paper towels in germ tests - Health News - NHS Choices | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

"Hand dryers 'splatter' users with bacteria," The Daily Telegraph reports.

The headline is prompted by an experimental study that compared the potential transfer of germs to the surrounding environment, users and bystanders when using three methods of hand drying

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Unique sense of 'touch' gives a prolific bacterium its ability to infect anything

Unique sense of 'touch' gives a prolific bacterium its ability to infect anything | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
One of the world's most prolific bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, manages to afflict humans, animals and even plants by way of a mechanism not before seen in any infectious microorganism -- a sense of touch.
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The threat of zoonotic diseases

The threat of zoonotic diseases | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
While zoonotic EIDs are a major concern globally, their impact in less developed countries is disproportionately high.
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Microbiome science threatened by contamination

Microbiome science threatened by contamination | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Non-sterile sequencing returns rogue results in dilute microbe samples.
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The Most Heritable Gut Bacterium is… Wait, What is That? – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

The Most Heritable Gut Bacterium is… Wait, What is That? – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The twisting helices of DNA within our bodies influence everything from our height to our personality to risk of diseases. Now, it’s clear that our genes also shape our microbiomes—the trillions of...
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Small Things Considered: On The Definition of Prokaryotes

Small Things Considered: On The Definition of Prokaryotes | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
by Nanne Nanninga | As will be argued below the present definition of a prokaryote is highly unsatisfactory. To give an example: a prokaryote is "a cell or organism lacking a nucleus and other membrane-enclose organelles, usually having its DNA in a single circular molecule". This seems a summary of the original definition of...
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How safe is mouldy food to eat?

How safe is mouldy food to eat? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

British families throw away about seven million tonnes of food and drink every year, enough to fill Wembley stadium to the brim. Most of it is beyond its sell-by date, but how much could be safely eaten, asks Michael Mosley.

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When Threatened By Worms, Bacteria Summon Killer Fungi – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

When Threatened By Worms, Bacteria Summon Killer Fungi – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

When you’re the size of a human, you worry about lions and tigers and bears. But if you’re a bacterium, a tiny nematode worm, just a millimetre long, can be a vicious predator. 

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The Long War Against the Iron Pirates – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

The Long War Against the Iron Pirates – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Disease is an act of piracy. When microbes infect us, they steal our resources so they can thrive at our expense. We fight them off with direct attacks, using an army of immune cells and antibodies...
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The Tree of Life: New lab paper: The microbes we eat: abundance and taxonomy of microbes consumed in a day’s worth of meals for three diet types [PeerJ]

The Tree of Life: New lab paper: The microbes we eat: abundance and taxonomy of microbes consumed in a day’s worth of meals for three diet types [PeerJ] | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

A new paper out from Jonathan Eisen's lab focuses on characterizing the abundance and taxonomy of microbes in food from three model diets. 

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Gut bacteria from a worm can degrade plastic

Gut bacteria from a worm can degrade plastic | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Plastic is well-known for sticking around in the environment for years without breaking down, contributing significantly to litter and landfills. But scientists have now discovered that bacteria from the guts of a worm known to munch on food packaging can degrade polyethylene, the most common plastic.The finding could lead to new ways to help get rid of the otherwise persistent waste, the scientists say.
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Food rating law now covers producers

Food rating law now covers producers | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

A food hygiene law forcing shops and restaurants in Wales to display their ratings is being extended to include food producers and wholesalers.

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Raiding the Oldest Arsenal – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Raiding the Oldest Arsenal – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Life on this planet has existed for at least 3.5 billion years. For most of that time, it was microscopic. Bacteria and other microbes had the world to themselves, but since they still had to compe...
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Viruses as a Cure

Viruses as a Cure | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Our bodies are home to trillions of viruses, and new research hints that some of them may actually be keeping us healthy.
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Bird flu strain on UK farm identified

Bird flu strain on UK farm identified | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

The strain of bird flu found on a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire has been identified as H5N8, the same type seen in recent outbreaks in Europe.

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Contaminomics: Why Some Microbiome Studies May Be Wrong – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Contaminomics: Why Some Microbiome Studies May Be Wrong – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
You’ve got a group of people with a mysterious disease, and you suspect that some microbe might be responsible. You collect blood and tissue samples, you extract the DNA from them using a commonly ...
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Norovirus: The Perfect Pathogen Emerges From the Shadows – Phenomena: The Loom

Norovirus: The Perfect Pathogen Emerges From the Shadows – Phenomena: The Loom | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
As the year comes to a close, people are starting to puke. The notorious stomach bug known as norovirus is starting its annual rampage,, which will last from late fall through winter. A couple year...
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The Tree of Life: Crosspost from #microBEnet: More scary than Halloween: this month in germophobia microbophobia

The Tree of Life: Crosspost from #microBEnet: More scary than Halloween: this month in germophobia microbophobia | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

It seems that any time a holiday comes around in the US, the press starts to ramp up the writing of stories about evil microbes that are lurking all around us. And Halloween appears to be no exception. I am now planning on referring to this attitude as "microbophobia" rather than "germophobia" because to some "germ" implies pathogen and many of these stories fan the flames of fear about any kind of microbe not just pathogens.

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