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Microbes: The Trillions of Creatures Governing Your Health

Microbes: The Trillions of Creatures Governing Your Health | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists are just now beginning to recognize the importance of the vast community of microbes that dwells inside us
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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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Not under the skin, but on it: Living together brings couples' microbiomes together

Not under the skin, but on it: Living together brings couples' microbiomes together | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Couples who live together share many things: Bedrooms, bathrooms, food, and even bacteria. After analyzing skin microbiomes from cohabitating couples, microbial ecologists found that people who live together significantly influence the microbial communities on each other's skin.
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More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome

More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Home bakers in the U.S., Europe and some other countries have volunteered their sourdough starters to a team of American scientists who want to unravel the microbial secrets of sourdough.
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Waking up to AMR risks

Waking up to AMR risks | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
If there’s one thing I have learnt in my career it is that there will always be emerging and changing risks to assess and manage. During my time as UK
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Hunt for enzymes heats up, a potential boon for biotech and beyond

Hunt for enzymes heats up, a potential boon for biotech and beyond | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Unlocking the mysteries of enzymes could have a big payoff, with new drugs, with antibiotics that sidestep viral defenses, or with personalized medicines.
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Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Engineered microbes turn a bacterium's immune response against itself using CRISPR.
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A Tiny Tweak to Gut Bacteria Can Extend an Animal’s Life

A Tiny Tweak to Gut Bacteria Can Extend an Animal’s Life | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
...at least in worms. Would it work in humans?
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Survey shows further reduction in levels of campylobacter in chicken | Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published the latest results from its survey of campylobacter on fresh shop-bought UK-produced chickens. The figures show that on average, across the market, 6.5% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of contamination, carrying more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram (cfu/g). This is down from 9.3%, for the same period last year.
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Scratching the surface: how microbes adhere to worktops

Scratching the surface: how microbes adhere to worktops | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Have you ever noticed when cleaning a sink or a saucepan that certain spots get tougher to clean over time, and the harder you scrub them, the worse it gets? This sometimes happens when we clean things with abrasive products like scouring pads. In an effort to shift the stubborn stains or dirt, you scratch…
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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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The Man Who Blew The Door Off The Microbial World

The Man Who Blew The Door Off The Microbial World | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Norm Pace has spent his life as an explorer, charting dangerous caves and ushering in the golden age of microbiology.
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Norovirus thrives on poor hand hygiene

Norovirus thrives on poor hand hygiene | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Poor personal hygiene, and specifically the failure of food handlers to wash their hands properly, has been identified as one of the main sources for spreading norovirus – winter vomiting bug – in catering establishments, according to new research published
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Scientists are dusting off a long-forgotten weapon to cope with modern bacteria

Scientists are dusting off a long-forgotten weapon to cope with modern bacteria | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Bacteriophages, discovered a century ago, may prove vital in a time of bacterial resistance.
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Faecal bacteria 'in ice in Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero' - BBC News

Faecal bacteria 'in ice in Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero' - BBC News | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Concerning levels of faecal bacteria were found in ice at three major coffee chains, a BBC investigation finds.
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This Is What It’s Like To Work With The World's Deadliest Pathogens Every Day

This Is What It’s Like To Work With The World's Deadliest Pathogens Every Day | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
From the outside, the CDC campus in Atlanta looks fairly nondescript. But inside one of its buildings — a "box within a box" — scientists study some of the most dangerous threats to humanity
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Bacteria harnessed to provide oxygen to the heart during a heart attack

Bacteria harnessed to provide oxygen to the heart during a heart attack | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Photosynthetic bacteria injected into the heart could keep heart cells alive by providing an essential source of oxygen, a new study in rats finds.
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Silver Fern Farms meatworker fired for not washing her hands

Silver Fern Farms meatworker fired for not washing her hands | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A Silver Fern Farms worker didn't follow the rules when dealing with dropped meat.
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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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