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Bugs As Drugs

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Let’s say you want to buy things with germs in them. There’s yogurt, of course, but there’s so …
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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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A radical view for age of superbugs: Don't fight infections. Live with them

A radical view for age of superbugs: Don't fight infections. Live with them | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Physiologist Janelle Ayres is upending our understanding of how to fight disease. Her mantra: Don't kill pathogens. Train the body to live with them.
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Bacteria harness the lotus effect to protect themselves: Biofilms: Researchers find the causes of water-repelling properties

Bacteria harness the lotus effect to protect themselves: Biofilms: Researchers find the causes of water-repelling properties | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Dental plaque and the viscous brown slime in drainpipes are two familiar examples of bacterial biofilms. Removing such bacterial depositions from surfaces is often very difficult, in part because they are extremely water-repellent. Scientists have now been able to show how such biofilms adapt their surface texture to repel water -- similar to leaves.
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Her Husband Was Dying From A Superbug. She Turned To Sewer Viruses Collected By The Navy.

Her Husband Was Dying From A Superbug. She Turned To Sewer Viruses Collected By The Navy. | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists have long dismissed “phage therapy” for severe infections as a fringe idea pushed by eccentrics who enjoy fishing in sewage. But now the Navy is betting on it.
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Raw milk, cheese cause 840 times more illnesses than pasteurized products

Raw milk, cheese cause 840 times more illnesses than pasteurized products | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The growing popularity of and access to these products threaten to increase the number of disease outbreaks caused by these food items.
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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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The curious case of the caterpillar's missing microbes

The curious case of the caterpillar's missing microbes | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Certain insects, and perhaps some vertebrates, lack permanent microbial residents in their intestines.
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The Making of a Friendly Microbe

The Making of a Friendly Microbe | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The ability to hold back its destructive side has allowed one bacterium to repeatedly colonize the bodies of animals.
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Don't call it a 'war on superbugs': Experts call for new lexicon about crisis

Don't call it a 'war on superbugs': Experts call for new lexicon about crisis | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The way we talk about the growing menace of superbugs can be confusing and even counterproductive, global public health experts warn.
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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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