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Small Things Considered: The Art of Microbial Alchemy

Small Things Considered: The Art of Microbial Alchemy | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
In 2001, Kashefi and collaborators published an article in Applied and Environmental Microbiology reporting the surprising finding that several iron-reducing microbes can use gold as an electron acceptor for their respiration.
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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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Bacterial freeloaders: An unexpected mechanism of resistance

Bacterial freeloaders: An unexpected mechanism of resistance | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Bacterial freeloaders: An unexpected mechanism of resistance
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Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms

Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
E coli microbes have been modified to carry an expanded genetic code which researchers say will ultimately allow them to be programmed
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Do bacterial species really exist and why should we care?

Do bacterial species really exist and why should we care? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
by Kostas Konstantinidis and Roberto Kolter | The second part of the question in the title of this post is relative easy to answer; the first part is much more challenging. Defining bacterial species is not only an important academic exercise but also has major practical consequences. For example, infectious disease diagnoses, regulations involving the transport of bacteria, and educating the public regarding bacteria that are beneficial to humans, animals or plants are all deeply-rooted in naming bacterial species.
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Bacteria Send Electrical Pulses as Recruitment Ads

Bacteria Send Electrical Pulses as Recruitment Ads | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
To coordinate their behavior, the microorganisms can transmit signals much like neurons.
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Food hygiene inspection charges move closer

Food hygiene inspection charges move closer | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Food manufacturers will be expected to meet the costs of food safety inspections, enforcement input and a registration scheme, under new plans from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
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More than 50 Campylobacter cases linked to raw milk

More than 50 Campylobacter cases linked to raw milk | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
More than 50 cases of Campylobacter have been linked to unpasteurised (raw) milk from a farm in Kendal, UK.
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New evidence shows how bacterium in undercooked chicken causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome

New evidence shows how bacterium in undercooked chicken causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A research team is the first to show how a common bacterium found in improperly cooked chicken causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or GBS. The federally funded research not only demonstrates how this food-borne bacterium, known as Campylobacter jejuni, triggers GBS, but offers new information for a cure.
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Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study - BBC News

Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study - BBC News | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Bacteria which eat others of their kind could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs.
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High-fiber diet keeps gut microbes from eating the colon's lining, protects against infection, animal study shows

High-fiber diet keeps gut microbes from eating the colon's lining, protects against infection, animal study shows | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
When microbes inside the digestive system don't get the natural fiber that they rely on for food, they begin to munch on the natural layer of mucus that lines the gut, eroding it to the point where dangerous invading bacteria can infect the colon wall, new research in mice shows.
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You can’t stop an outbreak without breaking a few eggs

You can’t stop an outbreak without breaking a few eggs | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Last year, a paper from Microbial Genomics described how scientists used molecular detective work to get to the bottom of an outbreak across Europe. In June 2014, there was an outbreak of Salmonella at a hospital in Birmingham. Thirty-two people were affected, and one patient sadly died as a result of infection. Over the following weeks, more outbreaks began…
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Bacteriophage superspreaders

Bacteriophage superspreaders | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
It seems that some bacteriophages are very, very good at releasing intact DNA from infected cells, and they have been called superspreaders
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Antibiotic tolerance facilitates the evolution of resistance

Antibiotic tolerance facilitates the evolution of resistance | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Controlled experimental evolution during antibiotic treatment can shed light on the processes leading to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Recently, intermittent antibiotic exposures have been shown to lead rapidly to the evolution of tolerance, i.e., the ability to survive under treatment without developing resistance. However, whether tolerance delays or promotes the eventual emergence of resistance is unclear. Here, we used in vitro evolution experiments to explore this question. We found that in all cases tolerance preceded resistance. A mathematical population-genetics model showed how tolerance boosts the chances for resistance mutations to spread in the population. Thus, tolerance mutations pave the way for the rapid subsequent evolution of resistance. Preventing the evolution of tolerance may offer a new strategy for delaying the emergence of resistance.
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Why the advice to take all your antibiotics may be wrong

Why the advice to take all your antibiotics may be wrong | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Patients are told to finish their antibiotics, even if they feel better, but that guidance may be exacerbating antibiotic resistance, some experts say.
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Do you speak virus? Phages caught sending chemical messages

Do you speak virus? Phages caught sending chemical messages | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A virus that infects bacteria listens to messages from its relatives when deciding how to attack its hosts.
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Nevada woman dies of superbug resistant to all available US antibiotics

Nevada woman dies of superbug resistant to all available US antibiotics | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The 70-year-old woman had broken her leg while traveling in India. The bacteria in her system was resistant to 26 different antibiotics.
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Break in the Search for the Origin of Complex Life

Break in the Search for the Origin of Complex Life | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A group of newly discovered microbes, named after Norse gods, may belong to the lineage from which we evolved.
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Megan Lee dies after allergic reaction to takeaway - BBC News

Megan Lee dies after allergic reaction to takeaway - BBC News | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A 15-year-old girl dies after suffering a severe allergic reaction to takeaway food, prompting a police investigation.
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How to be a successful foodborne pathogen: step 1, grow on food

How to be a successful foodborne pathogen: step 1, grow on food | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Food microbiology is an important issue we cover on this blog, because food safety is vital to prevent foodborne illness. The use of technologie
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Tweet when you vomit: It's your duty - BBC News

Tweet when you vomit: It's your duty - BBC News | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
British researchers are using social media to track the spread of norovirus.
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‘Let Them Eat Dirt- Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World’

‘Let Them Eat Dirt- Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World’ | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
‘Let Them Eat Dirt- Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World’ by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Attieta is a brilliant introduction to the world of microbes, especially if your understanding of their existence is thin on the ground. The style is accessible, entertaining, gently educational and friendly. It’s a cheery manifesto urging parents to…
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Bagged salads 'pose salmonella risk,' say researchers - Health News - NHS Choices

Bagged salads 'pose salmonella risk,' say researchers - Health News - NHS Choices | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
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