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Can We Save the World by Remixing Life?

Can We Save the World by Remixing Life? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

In 2011, a team of undergraduate students from Imperial College London devised a fresh way of halting the spread of deserts: Make bacteria that will persuade plants to grow more roots. …

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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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Pub Christmas meal death pair jailed

Pub Christmas meal death pair jailed | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

A pub chef and manager have been jailed for perverting the course of justice over the death of a woman who got food poisoning from a Christmas dinner.

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Have We Found Alien Life?

Have We Found Alien Life? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of Popular Science. Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a colony of aliens incubating in his laboratory.
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Your death microbiome could catch your killer - life - 28 August 2014 - New Scientist

Your death microbiome could catch your killer - life - 28 August 2014 - New Scientist | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Identity, time of death, cause of death, even whether a corpse has been moved – the body's trillions of microbes could reveal it all
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A New Antibiotic That Resists Resistance – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

A New Antibiotic That Resists Resistance – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The British chemist Lesley Orgel had a rule: Evolution is cleverer than you. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have repeatedly proven him right. Since humans started making antibiotics for ourselves in...
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'Game-changing' antibiotic find

'Game-changing' antibiotic find | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

The decades-long drought in antibiotic discovery could be over after a breakthrough by US scientists.

Their novel method for growing bacteria has yielded 25 new antibiotics, with one deemed "very promising".

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Common cold 'prefers cold noses'

Common cold 'prefers cold noses' | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

The virus behind the common cold is much happier in a cold nose, US researchers suggest. Their study showed the human immune system was weaker in cooler temperatures, allowing the virus to thrive.

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Link to research paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/01/02/1411030112

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Cholera Bacteria Kill Each Other With Spears To Steal DNA – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Cholera Bacteria Kill Each Other With Spears To Steal DNA – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The Highlander film series is about a race of immortal warriors who try to behead each other with swords, so they can steal the powers of their fallen rivals. This is basically the same story but i...
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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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Gut Check « Science-Based Medicine

Gut Check « Science-Based Medicine | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
I always cringe when I see an acupuncture headline with 'needle' or 'point' in the title. Can’t the writer avoid the cliched pun? I had an editor who...
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A nice overview of the current scientific research relating to probiotics and human gut microbiota.

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Frankenstein Can’t Come Out And Play Today – Phenomena: The Loom

Frankenstein Can’t Come Out And Play Today – Phenomena: The Loom | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
In the standard Frankenstein story, a scientist creates an unnatural monster that breaks out of the lab and runs amok. But why should unnatural make something unstoppable? The contrary is possible,...
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Can the Microbiome Mutiny? – Phenomena: The Loom

Can the Microbiome Mutiny? – Phenomena: The Loom | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
It's an ugly fact of life that getting old means getting infections. Old people get attacked more by pathogens, and the damage that these germs cause can speed up the aging process, leading to even...
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Shelf-life extension advances help to reduce food waste

Shelf-life extension advances help to reduce food waste | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Extending the shelf-life of food would help reduce huge amounts of unnecessary food waste - both in supermarkets and once people get food home - according to experts in the field.
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Aldi chocolate in salmonella scare

Aldi chocolate in salmonella scare | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

Supermarket Aldi has issued a product recall after salmonella was found in a batch of chocolate.

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Norovirus - a Nasty Bug | Marler Blog

Norovirus - a Nasty Bug | Marler Blog | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

Noroviruses are now recognized as being the leading cause of epidemics of gastroenteritis and an important cause of sporadic gastroenteritis in both children and adults.

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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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