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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
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First Look at the Microbes of Modern Hunter-Gatherers – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

First Look at the Microbes of Modern Hunter-Gatherers – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
It is now abundantly clear that the microbes that live in our bodies are critical parts of our lives and our health. The study of these microbes and their genes—the so-called microbiome—has never b...
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Antibiotics Have Turned Our Bodies From Gardens Into Battlefields | Science | WIRED

Antibiotics Have Turned Our Bodies From Gardens Into Battlefields | Science | WIRED | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Antibiotics have saved countless lives, but they're an assault on our microbiome. Microbiologist Martin Blaser argues they're making us sick.
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Bacterial gut biome may guide colon cancer progression

Bacterial gut biome may guide colon cancer progression | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Gut bacteria can change the microenvironment in a way that promotes the growth and spread of tumors, research demonstrates. The results suggest that bacterial virulence proteins may suppress DNA repair proteins within the epithelial cells that line the colon. "There is a drastic, unmet need to look at new ways to define exactly how colon cancer forms in the gut and what triggers its progression into a lethal form," said the lead researcher. "We suggest that some bacterial proteins can promote genetic changes that create conditions in the gut that would favor the progression of colon cancer."
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Thank Your Gut Bacteria For Making Chocolate 'Healthy'

Thank Your Gut Bacteria For Making Chocolate 'Healthy' | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Dark chocolate may help the heart and waistline. Now scientists have figured out one reason why: Bacteria in the gut turn cocoa into compounds that lower inflammation and make us feel full.
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Food hygiene reports in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2014 mapped

Food hygiene reports in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2014 mapped | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A total of 3,000 premises have failed to reach minimum food hygiene standards after a visit since the start of 2014.

Data obtained from the Food Standards Agency website yesterday afternoon shows...
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Food safety crisis could be on the horizon

Food safety crisis could be on the horizon | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
With ever-tighter environmental health budgets and the looming threat both of greater cost recovery and of privatisation, some experts claim we have all the ingredients for a full-blown food safety crisis.
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Giant virus resurrected from 30,000-year-old ice

Giant virus resurrected from 30,000-year-old ice | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Largest virus yet discovered hints at viral diversity trapped in permafrost.
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The Unique Merger That Made You (and Ewe, and Yew) - Issue 10: Mergers & Acquisitions - Nautilus

The Unique Merger That Made You (and Ewe, and Yew) - Issue 10: Mergers & Acquisitions - Nautilus | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
At first glance, a tree could not be more different from the caterpillars that eat its leaves, the mushrooms sprouting from its bark,…
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Zachary Blount on “Ham on Nye” Debate, Follow-up #3

Zachary Blount on “Ham on Nye” Debate, Follow-up #3 | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
I’m very pleased to present this guest post written by Dr. Zachary Blount, aka Dr. Citrate, as an in-depth follow-up to the “Ham on Nye” science versus creation debate.  Zack did his undergraduate ...
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How Breast Milk Engineers a Baby’s Gut (and Gut Microbes) – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

How Breast Milk Engineers a Baby’s Gut (and Gut Microbes) – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Raising an infant is an act of ecosystem engineering. You’re not just caring for a baby, but an entire world. Right from birth, babies are colonised by legions of microbes that set up shop in their...
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Gut Bacteria Research Is Getting Less WEIRD – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Gut Bacteria Research Is Getting Less WEIRD – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

The study of the microbiome--the bacteria and other microbes that share our bodies--is hitting the big time, but most of this research is WEIRD. That is, it's based in Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, Democratic countries.

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New Salmonella diet achieves “amazing” weight-loss for microbiologist

New Salmonella diet achieves “amazing” weight-loss for microbiologist | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
New Haven CT- Microbiologist Jean Nofit reported today that she has achieved an amazing amount of we...
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Human–microbe mismatch boosts risk of stomach cancer

Human–microbe mismatch boosts risk of stomach cancer | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
H. pylori strains more likely to cause tumours when they did not co-evolve with their hosts.
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Antimicrobial from soaps promotes bacteria buildup in human noses

Antimicrobial from soaps promotes bacteria buildup in human noses | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
An antimicrobial agent found in common household soaps, shampoos and toothpastes may be finding its way inside human noses where it promotes the colonization of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and could predispose some people to infection.
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The Prokaryote-Eukaryote Dichotomy: Meanings and Mythology

This paper explains how the prokaryote-eukaryote dichotomy of the 1960s was constructed, the purposes it served, and what it implied in terms of classification and phylogeny.

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Pile of Viruses

Pile of Viruses | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

What if every virus in the world were collected into one area? How much volume would they take up and what would they look like?

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How to Turn Gut Bacteria Into Journalists – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

How to Turn Gut Bacteria Into Journalists – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The gut is a dark and hidden world. We usually only know what’s happening within it when something goes badly wrong. But there are trillions of microbes in our guts; with their first-hand experienc...
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Microbes help to battle infection: Gut microbes help develop immune cells, study finds

Microbes help to battle infection: Gut microbes help develop immune cells, study finds | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Beneficial gut bacteria are necessary for the development of innate immune cells -- specialized types of white blood cells that serve as the body's first line of defense against invading pathogens -- new research has found. The research suggests that a healthy population of gut microbes can actually provide a preventative alternative to antibiotics.
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Viruses Reconsidered | The Scientist Magazine®

Viruses Reconsidered | The Scientist Magazine® | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The discovery of more and more viruses of record-breaking size calls for a reclassification of life on Earth.
 
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Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A few bites of affected fish can cause ciguatera, an illness with a variety of strange symptoms.
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Student-Led Project Banks on Promise of Fecal Transplants

Student-Led Project Banks on Promise of Fecal Transplants | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Hoping to help doctors and patients, three graduate students have founded the first stool repository.
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Twitter helped probe into food poisoning outbreak

Twitter helped probe into food poisoning outbreak | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Social media is increasingly being used to identify the sources of food poisoning, following its use by investigators from Public Health England (PHE) to narrow down a large multiple pathogen outbreak at an outdoor food festival in Newcastle upon Tyne last year.
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Finally, a use for Twitter!

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Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules

Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The feds still considers pot illegal, so Colorado must build its own system to regulate these foods.
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An interesting new food safety issue in Colorado!

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Campden BRI targets microbiological skills gap

Campden BRI targets microbiological skills gap | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Tesco, Sainsbury and 2 Sisters Food Group are among the firms contributing to a report published by Campden BRI designed to tackle the lack of training to fight microbiological food contamination.
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Recap: What We’ve Learned about Evolution from the LTEE: Numbers 1-5

Recap: What We’ve Learned about Evolution from the LTEE: Numbers 1-5 | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
This post provides a brief recap, at the halfway point, of the main findings and discoveries from the long-term evolution experiment (LTEE) with E. coli.  My goal is to summarize in a series of ~10...
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