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Small Things Considered: Holey Biofilm!

Small Things Considered: Holey Biofilm! | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
As a child, I was always fascinated by the holes (or eyes) in Swiss cheese, always inspecting the tunneling system before getting a good bite.
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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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'Wash salad' advice after two die from E. coli - BBC News

'Wash salad' advice after two die from E. coli - BBC News | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Shoppers are being reminded to thoroughly wash mixed salad leaves amid concern that this food could be the source of an E. coli outbreak that has killed two and infected more than 150 people in the UK.
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Scientists dismiss changes to rare burger advice

Scientists dismiss changes to rare burger advice | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Food scientists are on a collision course with Britain’s top chefs and restaurants over the safety of serving burgers rare, following the decision last week by a Food Standards Agency (FSA) expert committee to retain its thorough cooking recommendation.
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The Tree of Life: Blast from the past - Stephen Jay Gould on the "Planet of the Bacteria"

The Tree of Life: Blast from the past - Stephen Jay Gould on the "Planet of the Bacteria" | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
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Fighting a slimy killer: inside the war on biofilms

Fighting a slimy killer: inside the war on biofilms | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists are racing to develop weapons to destroy the slimy colonies of bacteria, known as biofilms, that cause tens of thousands of US deaths a year.
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Scientists Hope to Cultivate an Immune System for Crops

Scientists Hope to Cultivate an Immune System for Crops | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Already lurking in the soil beneath our feet is a complex microbial world that could protect plants and our food supply.
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Ahead of Print -Restaurant Cooking Trends and Increased Risk for Campylobacter Infection - Volume 22, Number 7—July 2016 - Emerging Infectious Disease journal - CDC

Ahead of Print -Restaurant Cooking Trends and Increased Risk for Campylobacter Infection - Volume 22, Number 7—July 2016 - Emerging Infectious Disease journal - CDC | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
In the United Kingdom, outbreaks of Campylobacter infection are increasingly attributed to undercooked chicken livers, yet many recipes, including those of top chefs, advocate short cooking times and serving livers pink. During 2015, we studied preferences of chefs and the public in the United Kingdom and investigated the link between liver rareness and survival of Campylobacter. We used photographs to assess chefs’ ability to identify chicken livers meeting safe cooking guidelines. To investigate the microbiological safety of livers chefs preferred to serve, we modeled Campylobacter survival in infected chicken livers cooked to various temperatures. Most chefs correctly identified safely cooked livers but overestimated the public’s preference for rareness and thus preferred to serve them more rare. We estimated that 19%–52% of livers served commercially in the United Kingdom fail to reach 70°C and that predicted Campylobacter survival rates are 48%–98%. These findings indicate that cooking trends are linked to increasing Campylobacter infections.
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Interesting paper on the "gourmetification” of foodborne disease.
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The man who can map the chemicals all over your body

The man who can map the chemicals all over your body | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Pieter Dorrestein uses mass spectrometry to eavesdrop on the molecular conversations between microbes and their world.
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What Will Happen When Antibiotics Stop Working?

What Will Happen When Antibiotics Stop Working? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A golden era of antibiotics shifted the leading causes of death away from infection to cancer and cardiovascular disease. At the moment, we can still treat
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Antibiotic Resistance Shows Up in Animals, Manure

Since 3/4 of antibiotics are used in food animals, scientists are raising concerns over animals and the dirt on which they are raised.
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Probiotic goods a 'waste of money' for healthy adults, research suggests

Probiotic goods a 'waste of money' for healthy adults, research suggests | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
University of Copenhagen study finds no evidence that so-called friendly bacteria change the composition of faecal bacteria
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Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes Could Slow Spread of Zika Virus

Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes Could Slow Spread of Zika Virus | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Mosquitoes infected with the bacterium Wolbachia resist viruses like Zika and dengue. Now researchers are testing the bacterium on mosquitoes in the wild.
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In search of a healthy gut, one man turned to an extreme DIY fecal transplant

In search of a healthy gut, one man turned to an extreme DIY fecal transplant | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Human feces floated in saline solution in a mortar, on a marbled countertop, in a dimly lit kitchen in Burlingame, California. A bottle of ethyl alcohol, an electronic scale, test tubes, an
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Your mouth is full of bacteria blooming. And it's beautiful - STAT

Your mouth is full of bacteria blooming. And it's beautiful - STAT | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
There are entire cities of bacteria inside your body. Here is the metropolis in your tooth scum.
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Fecal Transplants Can Be Life-Saving, but How?

Fecal Transplants Can Be Life-Saving, but How? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Fecal transplants have proved effective against a bacterial infection. But scientists still have a lot to learn.
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The Fuzzy Fluffy Super-Cute Health Threat In Your Backyard

The Fuzzy Fluffy Super-Cute Health Threat In Your Backyard | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Backyard chickens, those cute, fluffy alternatives to the industrial food system, are causing a stealth epidemic of Salmonella infections.
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Next time you ask the doctor for some antibiotics – consider whether you're being immoral

Next time you ask the doctor for some antibiotics – consider whether you're being immoral | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Antimicrobial resistance continues to be a growing concern for our future health. Whose responsibility is it to intervene?
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New Form Of Life In Human Saliva Is A Bacterial Parasite

New Form Of Life In Human Saliva Is A Bacterial Parasite | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The latest addition to the bacterial kingdom has been found in plain sight: Inside your mouth, specifically within your saliva. Far from just being a new,
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Are viruses alive?

Whether or not viruses are alive has been debated for decades. In this video I give my answer.
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The Molecular biologist’s tool belt: PCR

The Molecular biologist’s tool belt: PCR | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and the subsequent development of the thermocycler – the machine that carries it out – has revolutionised the use of genetics in the lab. Simply put, PCR takes a small amount of template DNA, and repeatedly copies a small section to create a much larger amount of this small section.…
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A good primer (see what I did there!) to PCR.
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The snot-spattered experiments that show how far sneezes really spread

The snot-spattered experiments that show how far sneezes really spread | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Mathematician Lydia Bourouiba uses high-speed video to break down the anatomy of sneezes and coughs — and to understand infectious disease.
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No antibiotics without a test, says report on rising antimicrobial resistance

No antibiotics without a test, says report on rising antimicrobial resistance | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Report by economist Jim O’Neill says global cost of problem could be loss of 10 million lives a year by 2050 and $100tn a year
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Mystery of the Spring-Smelling Microbes

Mystery of the Spring-Smelling Microbes | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Did you know that the refreshing, Spring time smell of dirt and forest is produced by microbes? Learn about the bacteria geosmin and why, of all of the “interesting” smells in the microbial world, this one is so pleasant to us.
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Transplanted Fecal Microbes Stick Around | The Scientist Magazine®

Transplanted Fecal Microbes Stick Around | The Scientist Magazine® | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Donor bacteria coexist with a recipient’s own for three months after a fecal transplant.
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Campylobacter: rapid chilling is ‘nearest to silver bullet’

Campylobacter: rapid chilling is ‘nearest to silver bullet’ | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Campylobacter control using rapid surface chilling (RSC) is “the nearest thing we have to a silver bullet”, and should be adopted widely to cut infection levels, according to Bernard Matthews group technical director Jeremy Hall.
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