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Science-Based Medicine » Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears the Flu

Influenza still gives me pause. It is, as infections go, quite the tricky virus and it remains a difficult beast to treat and prevent. Which is a drag as it remains one of the more consistent causes of infectious morbidity and mortality.

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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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Exploring the human virome

Exploring the human virome | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
What do we know about how viruses affect human microbiomes? Not a lot. Meet a researcher trying to change that.
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Button Salesman Discovers Most of Life on Earth: True Story

Button Salesman Discovers Most of Life on Earth: True Story | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
He looked. He gasped. What are these things? They're alive—and everywhere!
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Is your gut making you sick?

Is your gut making you sick? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
New research suggests that the range and quantity of microbes that live in our guts could have a powerful effect on a range of conditions including depression, MS and obesity
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Salmonella 'game-changer' could shrink cancer cells - BBC News

Salmonella 'game-changer' could shrink cancer cells - BBC News | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists at Swansea University say they have made a breakthrough which could revolutionise the treatment of prostate cancer.
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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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From nostrils to crocodile blood – ten surprising places to look for antibiotics

From nostrils to crocodile blood – ten surprising places to look for antibiotics | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
In the battle against superbugs, you'd be amazed where we might find the cures of the future.
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Number 4, the Small World Initiative, is the project my students are involved in.
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Scary New Superbug Is Popping Up in More Places

Scary New Superbug Is Popping Up in More Places | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Colistin-resistant E. coli has been in the U.S. more than a year—and other countries are seeing the superbug morph into new threats.
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The Bad Sausage & The Discovery of Botulism - Body Horrors

The Bad Sausage & The Discovery of Botulism - Body Horrors | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
“A lot kills, a little cures,” wrote the father of toxicology, and botulinum toxin is the poster child for this important pharmaceutical concept. Depending on the dosage and route, this potent bacterial toxin is either a devastating foodborne poison – one of the most deadly toxins known to man, capable of causing paralyzing death – …
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Classic story revised: lichens are fungus + algae + yeast (another fungus)

Classic story revised: lichens are fungus + algae + yeast (another fungus) | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
One of the classic stories of biology, taught to virtually every student, is the fact that what we call "lichens" are actually a combination of two very distantly related species: a species of alga and a species of fungus. (Sometimes the "alga" is really a species of cyanobacteria, formerly called "blue green algae" but not really…
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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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