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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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Norovirus: Far More Likely To Come From Restaurant Than Cruise Ship

Norovirus: Far More Likely To Come From Restaurant Than Cruise Ship | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Cruise ships account for only 1 percent of reported norovirus cases, while 25 percent come from contaminated food. Sick workers at restaurants and cafeterias often spread the virus.
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It's Okay To Be Smart • Once upon a slide…

It's Okay To Be Smart • Once upon a slide… | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
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Once upon a slide…the first microbiology book for 5 year olds!


At last! No more bed time fairy tales about damsels in distress, princesses in pink and knights in white shining armor.


Move over Disney. This is a world we should be opening our kids up to. Steeped in reality. A world 1000x more exciting than those lands too far far far away, and it is all playing out under our very noses, inside our refrigerators, outside our back doors and throughout our own bodies.


Thank you to Nicola Davies (author) and Emily Sutton (illustrator) for this beautiful non-fiction children’s book that introduces young readers to microscopy.


I can’t wait to buy this for my nieces.


Let me know if you need help with the histological sequel ;)


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View more of Emily’s beautiful artwork at her website


Find out more about award winning author Nicola at her blog/website


Images and book (ISBN:1406341045) seen at amazon.com and via Walker Books 




We are SO down with this.




Where was this book when I was a kid?
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Why antibiotics are making us all ill

Why antibiotics are making us all ill | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Scientist Martin Blaser argues that we are suffering from new wave of 'modern plagues' because we have destroyed the naturally occurring bacteria in our bodies
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I recommend this book, an interesting read on an important topic. I hope in the next few years research will shed more light on the hypotheses it contains.

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Breaking down the city walls: small molecules that target bacterial biofilms | Lab Rat, Scientific American Blog Network

Breaking down the city walls: small molecules that target bacterial biofilms | Lab Rat, Scientific American Blog Network | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Although bacteria are single celled organisms, they are capable of working together in massive bacterial colonies known as biofilms. Within the biofilm bacteria will differentiate to ...
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Vet study reveals Salmonella's hideout strategy

Vet study reveals Salmonella's hideout strategy | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A study reveals how some Salmonella bacteria hide from the immune system, allowing them to persist and cause systemic infection. The study addresses both questions, focusing on a component of the innate immune response called the inflammasome. Consisting of a complex of proteins that triggers the release of signaling molecules, the inflammasome serves to recruit other components of the immune system that can fight off the pathogen.
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Mom Knows Best: The Universality of Maternal Microbial Transmission

Mom Knows Best: The Universality of Maternal Microbial Transmission | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

The sterile womb paradigm is an enduring premise in biology that human infants are born sterile. Recent studies suggest that infants incorporate an initial microbiome before birth and receive copious supplementation of maternal microbes through birth and breastfeeding.

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Antibiotic-Resistant Germs, Lying in Wait Everywhere

Antibiotic-Resistant Germs, Lying in Wait Everywhere | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A study finds that genes that let bacteria survive drugs intended to wipe them out are widespread, even in the most isolated parts of the planet.
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WHO warns about threat of drug resistance - Health News - NHS Choices

WHO warns about threat of drug resistance - Health News - NHS Choices | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
“WHO calls for urgent action to preserve power of antibiotics and make new ones,” The Guardian reports. The World Health Organization (WHO), has published a report highlighting the growing global threat of drug resistance…
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Biology's 'dark matter' hints at fourth domain of life - life - 18 March 2011 - New Scientist

Biology's 'dark matter' hints at fourth domain of life - life - 18 March 2011 - New Scientist | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Over 99 per cent of organisms remain unknown to science – so could some of them sit outside the classic three domains of cellular life?
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Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes

Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Passing gas, in some instances, may be a sign that you're kicking your gut microbes into action. And that means they can help keep you healthy, says one scientist.
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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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When microbes kill us, it‘s often by accident – Ed Yong – Aeon

When microbes kill us, it‘s often by accident – Ed Yong – Aeon | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
We assume that microbes evolved to attack humans when actually we are just civilian casualties in a much older war
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Tastier low-fat products: Bacteria may improve low-fat products, help dairy producers

Tastier low-fat products: Bacteria may improve low-fat products, help dairy producers | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Consumers may have more palatable low-fat products and milk producers a solution to an industry-wide problem through use of a unique strain of lactic acid bacteria, according researchers. Low-fat products tend to have inferior texture and flavor because removing fat makes their structure rubbery. After examining bacteria from the dairy environment for more than 15 years, the researchers found a strain that mimics fat.
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Food Standards Agency - New HACCP web tool for your business

Food Standards Agency - New HACCP web tool for your business | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

MyHACCP offers free step-by-step online guidance to food manufacturing and other food businesses on how to make sure you’ve got effective HACCP-based controls. Check out the tool at www.food.gov.uk/myhaccp

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Food Standards Agency - Food Safety Week 2014: Don't wash raw chicken

Food Standards Agency - Food Safety Week 2014: Don't wash raw chicken | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

Food Safety Week 2014 takes place during 16-22 June and this year we are saying to consumers: 'Don’t wash your chicken'.

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Creative Minds: Broccoli, Microbes, & You

Creative Minds: Broccoli, Microbes, & You | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

Eat your broccoli! It’s a plea made every night at dinner tables across the country. And it’s a plea worth listening to, because broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables—such as kale, cabbage, and...


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Seeing The Branches for the Tree – Phenomena: The Loom

Seeing The Branches for the Tree – Phenomena: The Loom | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
There is a scientific picture waiting to be drawn. Someone has to do artistic justice to the evolutionary tree of life. Back in 1837, Charles Darwin sketched out a tree of life in a notebook as a w...
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A universe of nothing but shrimp | Lab Rat, Scientific American Blog Network

A universe of nothing but shrimp | Lab Rat, Scientific American Blog Network | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
When studying bacteria, human pathogens always get a lot of interest and free press. Pathogens of smaller and less important seeming animals, such as shrimp, tend ...
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‘Room for improvement’ in food safety training

‘Room for improvement’ in food safety training | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Employee understanding of food safety training is not being checked, which is a big reason why there is “room for improvement” in the field, according to a new survey.
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Food Standards Agency - Food Safety Week 2014: Don't wash raw chicken

Food Standards Agency - Food Safety Week 2014: Don't wash raw chicken | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it

Food Safety Week 2014 takes place during 16-22 June and this year we are saying to consumers: 'Don’t wash your chicken'.

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Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Anxious mice calm down when they get an infusion of gut microbes from mellow mice. That has scientists wondering if gut microbes play a role in the human brain, too. Research on that is only just beginning. But it's intriguing to think there could be a real truth to the phrase "gut feelings."
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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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