Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news
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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.
Curated by Iain Haysom
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Study adds to evidence that viruses are alive

Study adds to evidence that viruses are alive | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A new analysis supports the hypothesis that viruses are living entities that share a long evolutionary history with cells. A new study offers the first reliable method for tracing viral evolution back to a time when neither viruses nor cells existed in the forms recognized today, the researchers say.
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E. coli 'number one' as recorded food safety incidents rise

E. coli 'number one' as recorded food safety incidents rise | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Food safety incidents caused by microbes continue to rise after E. Coli overtook salmonella as the “number one” problem, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  
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Antibiotic Resistance Getting Worse Globally, But Fixes Could Be Simple – Phenomena: Germination

Antibiotic Resistance Getting Worse Globally, But Fixes Could Be Simple – Phenomena: Germination | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The state of knowledge about antibiotic resistance gets a powerful update today with a new report from the think tank known as CDDEP—the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy—and what i...
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Antibiotic resistance: myths and misunderstandings

Antibiotic resistance: myths and misunderstandings | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
I’ve been involved in a few discussions of late on science-based sites around yon web on antibiotic resistance and agriculture–specifically, the campaign to get fast food giant Subway to stop using meat raised on antibiotics, and a graphic by CommonGround using Animal Health Institute data, suggesting that agricultural animals aren’t an important source of resistant bacteria.…
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Why Freezing Didn't Keep Sushi Tuna Safe From Salmonella

Why Freezing Didn't Keep Sushi Tuna Safe From Salmonella | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Freezing is usually considered a way to make raw fish safer. But a recent outbreak of Salmonella in frozen, raw tuna used in sushi across the U.S. highlights the limits of the food-safety technique.
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A Weapon from the Soil - Body Horrors

A Weapon from the Soil - Body Horrors | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
It is common knowledge that the discovery of penicillin in the laboratory of Alexander Fleming radically changed the world of medicine and public health, allowing us to treat and cure once intractable and deadly bacterial infections. Less well-known is the winding road from discovery, past numerous roadblocks including production limitations and the second World War, to widespread use. A …
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Call to punish GPs over antibiotics - BBC News

Call to punish GPs over antibiotics - BBC News | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
"Soft-touch" and "hazardous" doctors should be disciplined for prescribing too many antibiotics, a leading NHS figure says.
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Antibiotics and the Gut Microbiome | The Scientist Magazine®

Antibiotics and the Gut Microbiome | The Scientist Magazine® | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Antibiotics given to infant mice may have long-term effects on the animals’ metabolism and gut microbiota. 
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Resistance isn’t futile – how to tackle drug-resistant superbugs

Resistance isn’t futile – how to tackle drug-resistant superbugs | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Big pharmaceutical companies have been shutting down their antibiotics programmes, but researchers are now adopting new approaches to tackling drug-resistant superbugs

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Iain Haysom's insight:

I am involved in the Small World Initiative in the UK, involving undergraduates in real world research and hopefully helping to identify new antimicrobials from soil microbes.

http://www.sgm.ac.uk/outreach/small-world-initiative/

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How To Make Better Health Predictions From Our Gut Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

How To Make Better Health Predictions From Our Gut Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
We all know people who act very differently depending on the company they find themselves in. They can be delightful in some circles, and obnoxious in others. The same principles apply to the micro...
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The 'Immortal' Homemade Yogurt That Traveled 'Round The World

The 'Immortal' Homemade Yogurt That Traveled 'Round The World | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
An Indian immigrant in Oklahoma missed the yogurt she'd grown up with. So when she traveled to India, she brought some back to use to make it herself. Forty years later, that yogurt lives on.
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The bacterial flagellar motor: brilliant evolution or intelligent design?

The bacterial flagellar motor: brilliant evolution or intelligent design? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The complexity of nature's most impressive swimmer leads some to mistakenly believe it was designed, but it is proof of evolution at work, writes Matt Baker.
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Scientists Have Discovered THIRTY FIVE New Bacterial Phyla

Scientists Have Discovered THIRTY FIVE New Bacterial Phyla | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The fundamental tree of life might have to be redrawn. Researchers looking into the branch that contains all bacteria have discovered that it is far more complex than previously thought. By sequencing hundreds of bacterial genomes, they’ve found a staggering 35 new phyla.
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That Stinky Cheese Is a Result of Evolutionary Overdrive

That Stinky Cheese Is a Result of Evolutionary Overdrive | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Biologists studying molds used in cheese-making found that they have acquired large amounts of DNA from other species.
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E. coli more virulent when accompanied by beneficial bacteria

E. coli more virulent when accompanied by beneficial bacteria | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists wonder why some people get so sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E. coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Now researchers believe they have discovered an explanation.
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Telltale Mouth Microbes | The Scientist Magazine®

Telltale Mouth Microbes | The Scientist Magazine® | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The composition of the plaque microbiome can reveal a child’s risk of dental caries months before the decay appears, according to a study.
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Food bug threatens Euro qualifier

Food bug threatens Euro qualifier | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Luxembourg's Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus on Tuesday could be postponed after 16 of their 20 players get food poisoning.
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A Vaccinated Man Has Been Emitting Virulent Polio for 28 Years – Phenomena: Germination

A Vaccinated Man Has Been Emitting Virulent Polio for 28 Years – Phenomena: Germination | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
At the end of the decades-long global battle to eradicate polio from the planet, there is what looks like a simple goal: Render every person immune, by vaccination, for long enough that the disease...
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Bug Stops Food Halfway Down Its Gut to Make Room for Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Bug Stops Food Halfway Down Its Gut to Make Room for Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Your gut is a long continuous tube. Food goes in one end, gets digested and stripped of nutrients, and is shunted out the other end. That’s the case in ants and elephants, lions and sea lions, hawk...
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Moms facing C-sections look to vaginal 'seeding' to boost their babies' health

Moms facing C-sections look to vaginal 'seeding' to boost their babies' health | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Early studies show that swabbing a mother’s vagina and transferring it to her baby’s mouth, eyes and skin may stimulate microbiome development similarly to babies born naturally – and protect it from health issues later in life
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Mining the microbial dark matter

Mining the microbial dark matter | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Microbiologists are finding new ways to explore the vast universe of unknown microbes in the hunt for antibiotics.
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This is what happens after you die

This is what happens after you die | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Most of us would rather not think about what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways, writes Moheb Costandi.
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Ignacio López-Goñi's curator insight, July 25, 2015 11:50 AM

Esto es lo que pasa cuando te mueres

 

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This Beetle is Ruining Your Coffee With the Help of Bacteria – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

This Beetle is Ruining Your Coffee With the Help of Bacteria – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
I am writing a book about partnerships between animals and microbes. In the process, I have consumed a frankly obscene amount of coffee, to the extent that the dedication might just read “To coffee...
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How to Program One of the Gut’s Most Common Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

How to Program One of the Gut’s Most Common Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Last month, I wrote a feature for New Scientist about smart probiotics—bacteria that have been genetically programmed to patrol our bodies, report on what they find, and improve our health. Here’s ...
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Single-Celled Creature Has Eye Made of Domesticated Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Single-Celled Creature Has Eye Made of Domesticated Microbes – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The oceans are full of eyes. Giant squid scan the depths with the world’s largest ones, which are oddly similar to those of the sperm whales that hunt them. Mantis shrimps watch for prey using eyes...
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