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The New Bird Flu, and How to Read the News About It | Wired Science | Wired.com

The New Bird Flu, and How to Read the News About It | Wired Science | Wired.com | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Superbug blogger Maryn McKenna gets to the bottom of the scary new bird flu emerging in China and tells you how to keep up with the new information.
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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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Does Your Microbiological Age Match Your Biological One? – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Does Your Microbiological Age Match Your Biological One? – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
By the time babies are two months old, they start to smile.  By five months, they usually start picking up objects. By 12 months, they’ve probably said their first word. By 18 months, they’re walki...
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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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Tastier low-fat products: Bacteria may improve low-fat products, help dairy producers

Tastier low-fat products: Bacteria may improve low-fat products, help dairy producers | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Consumers may have more palatable low-fat products and milk producers a solution to an industry-wide problem through use of a unique strain of lactic acid bacteria, according researchers. Low-fat products tend to have inferior texture and flavor because removing fat makes their structure rubbery. After examining bacteria from the dairy environment for more than 15 years, the researchers found a strain that mimics fat.
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Food Standards Agency - New HACCP web tool for your business

Food Standards Agency - New HACCP web tool for your business | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

MyHACCP offers free step-by-step online guidance to food manufacturing and other food businesses on how to make sure you’ve got effective HACCP-based controls. Check out the tool at www.food.gov.uk/myhaccp

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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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Norovirus: Far More Likely To Come From Restaurant Than Cruise Ship

Norovirus: Far More Likely To Come From Restaurant Than Cruise Ship | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Cruise ships account for only 1 percent of reported norovirus cases, while 25 percent come from contaminated food. Sick workers at restaurants and cafeterias often spread the virus.
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It's Okay To Be Smart • Once upon a slide…

It's Okay To Be Smart • Once upon a slide… | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
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Once upon a slide…the first microbiology book for 5 year olds!


At last! No more bed time fairy tales about damsels in distress, princesses in pink and knights in white shining armor.


Move over Disney. This is a world we should be opening our kids up to. Steeped in reality. A world 1000x more exciting than those lands too far far far away, and it is all playing out under our very noses, inside our refrigerators, outside our back doors and throughout our own bodies.


Thank you to Nicola Davies (author) and Emily Sutton (illustrator) for this beautiful non-fiction children’s book that introduces young readers to microscopy.


I can’t wait to buy this for my nieces.


Let me know if you need help with the histological sequel ;)


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View more of Emily’s beautiful artwork at her website


Find out more about award winning author Nicola at her blog/website


Images and book (ISBN:1406341045) seen at amazon.com and via Walker Books 




We are SO down with this.




Where was this book when I was a kid?
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Why antibiotics are making us all ill

Why antibiotics are making us all ill | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Scientist Martin Blaser argues that we are suffering from new wave of 'modern plagues' because we have destroyed the naturally occurring bacteria in our bodies
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I recommend this book, an interesting read on an important topic. I hope in the next few years research will shed more light on the hypotheses it contains.

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