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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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Bacteria 'see' like tiny eyeballs - BBC News

Bacteria 'see' like tiny eyeballs - BBC News | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Biologists discover how bacteria sense light and move towards it: the entire single-cell organism focuses light like a tiny eyeball.
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Zika from sex is the byway, not the highway

Zika from sex is the byway, not the highway | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Can Zika virus be sexually transmitted? Perhaps in very rare cases, but the main mode of transmission is certainly via mosquitoes.
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A Microbiome Is Born - Science Friday

A Microbiome Is Born - Science Friday | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Researchers are trying to sort out what effect factors like an infant’s delivery method and early diet have on its community of microorganisms.
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Joint Pain, From the Gut

Joint Pain, From the Gut | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists don't know what causes rheumatoid arthritis, but many suspect that the microbiome—the bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tracts—may be to blame.
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Zika virus

Zika virus | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The rapid spread of Zika virus through the Americas, together with the association of infection with microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, have propelled this previously ignored virus into the limelight.
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It's Okay To Be Smart • Microbes of New York - Small stories, big city...

It's Okay To Be Smart • Microbes of New York - Small stories, big city... | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Microbes of New York - Small stories, big city It’s #MicrobeWeek! Although tbh pretty much every week of your life depends on the millions of microbes in and on your body. This week is particularly...
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A bunch of interesting videos about the human microbiome.

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To Fight Growing Threat From Germs, Scientists Try Old-Fashioned Killer

To Fight Growing Threat From Germs, Scientists Try Old-Fashioned Killer | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Bacteriophages, little-used for decades in the U.S. and much of Europe, are gaining new attention because of resistance to antibiotics.
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Are beards good for your health? - BBC News

Are beards good for your health? - BBC News | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Do beards hold the key to a new generation of disease-fighting antibiotics?
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"researchers were surprised to find that it was the clean-shaven staff, and not the beardies, who were more likely to be carrying something unpleasant on their faces"

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Ebola re-emerges in Sierra Leone

Ebola re-emerges in Sierra Leone | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Case announced hours after World Health Organization declares spread of virus stopped in West Africa.
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Scientists bust myth that our bodies have more bacteria than human cells

Scientists bust myth that our bodies have more bacteria than human cells | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Decades-old assumption about microbiota revisited.
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Unannounced food safety audits to 'become norm'

Unannounced food safety audits to 'become norm' | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
All major supermarkets are likely to follow The Co-operative Group’s decision to impose unannounced audits on own-label food producers, the head of a food safety certification body has warned.
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Viral Soldiers | The Scientist Magazine®

Viral Soldiers | The Scientist Magazine® | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Phage therapy to combat bacterial infections is garnering attention for the second time in 100 years, but solid clinical support for its widespread use is still lacking.
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Do hand dryers spread viruses in public bathrooms?

Do hand dryers spread viruses in public bathrooms? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Seeing someone leave a public toilet without washing their hands is enough to make your stomach turn, but how someone actually dries their hands also has important implications for public health, according to recent research from the University of Westminster. The study found that jet air dryers (which use a thin layer of air travelling at…
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New data reveals botulism food risk

New data reveals botulism food risk | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Predictions about the risk of food poisoning from products contaminated with the spore-forming bacterium Clostridium botulinum (C.botulinum) will be more accurate, following research from the Norwich-based Institute of Food Research (IFR).
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Scientists swab C-section babies with mothers' microbes

Scientists swab C-section babies with mothers' microbes | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Newborns were exposed experimentally to vaginal microbes to restore the microbiomes they missed.
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The Bacterium Disappearing From Our Stomachs - Science Friday

The Bacterium Disappearing From Our Stomachs - Science Friday | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A primer on the gut bacterium Helicobacter pylori, and the controversy surrounding it.
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Fungi and Lichens Just Survived 18 Months On The Outside Of The ISS - Which Means They Might Be Able To Survive On Mars Too

Fungi and Lichens Just Survived 18 Months On The Outside Of The ISS - Which Means They Might Be Able To Survive On Mars Too | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Life is a fickle thing, and to understand the potential for life beyond Earth we continue to test how microorganisms deal with extreme conditions. The latest experiment looked at how fungi and lichens would fare on the Red Planet.
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Earth’s virology course for 2016

Do you want to learn virology? Then take my Columbia University virology course, available in video on YouTube.
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The Forest In Your Mouth

The Forest In Your Mouth | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The study of the human microbiome—the booming and much-hyped quest to understand the microbes that share our bodies—began in the mouth. Specifically, it began with dental plaque. In 1683, Antony va…
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Probiotics come with bold health claims, but science is shaky

Probiotics come with bold health claims, but science is shaky | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Probiotics are touted as potential treatments for conditions such as tooth decay and eczema. But scientific evidence does not necessarily back that up.
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Country’s most recognisable doctors explain antibiotic resistance - Press releases - GOV.UK

Country’s most recognisable doctors explain antibiotic resistance - Press releases - GOV.UK | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The Chief Medical Officer and some of the country’s most recognisable doctors have issued a video to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance.
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Spread of Ebola ends: 7 lessons from a devastating epidemic

Spread of Ebola ends: 7 lessons from a devastating epidemic | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Transmission of the virus has been stopped in West Africa – but what has the world learned?
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Scientists unearth bacteria from stomach of 5,300-year-old iceman

Scientists unearth bacteria from stomach of 5,300-year-old iceman | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Researchers reported in Science that they have reconstructed the entire genome of a species of bacteria that lived in the stomach of the iceman Ötzi. 
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Histamine poisoning link to cheddar

Histamine poisoning link to cheddar | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Cheddar cheese, consumed by five-year olds at school, in products such as lasagne and macaroni cheese, has been identified as a potential source of food poisoning incidents associated with a compound called histamine, which can form during cheese ripening.
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Michael Mosley: When is it safe to reheat leftovers? - BBC News

Michael Mosley: When is it safe to reheat leftovers? - BBC News | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Reheating food seems like a good way of cutting down on waste and expenditure. But when is it dangerous?
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