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 generated to support my microbiology and food safety modules at Bath Spa University.
Curated by Iain Haysom
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Health Check: should you take probiotics when you’re on antibiotics?

Health Check: should you take probiotics when you’re on antibiotics? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Probiotics might avert a case of diarrhoea, or they could mean your gut takes longer to return to normal.
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New antibiotics needed: Enterobacteriaceae

New antibiotics needed: Enterobacteriaceae | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
  Enterobacteriaceae is a family of bacteria often associated with the gut. Some Enterobacteriaceae may be more familiar than others, including Salmonella, Escherichia coli and Shigella. Another important bacterium in this family is Klebsiella pneumoniae. When in the lungs, this bacterium causes a particularly aggressive form of pneumonia. Even when treated with antibiotics, fatality of…
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New 'Trojan horse' antibiotic promising

New 'Trojan horse' antibiotic promising | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
It uses a clever trick to sneak inside bacteria in order to kill the bugs.
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At last, a simple way to solve the complex mysteries of the microbiome: New approach an important step to engineering the microbiome to benefit health

At last, a simple way to solve the complex mysteries of the microbiome: New approach an important step to engineering the microbiome to benefit health | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Understanding how the microbes in the microbiome interact -- and how they influence human health -- is a gargantuan task, akin to counting the grains of sand on a beach.
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Could microbes help us solve our plastic problem? –

Could microbes help us solve our plastic problem? – | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Allison Cartwright is our ECS Publications Officer. Here she ponders the downsides of plastic and whether microbes can help us.  When I moved to Northern Ireland in 2001, my family lived beside the Bann. This tidal river mouth revealed one of man’s greatest impacts on the planet – plastic waste. No matter how often we…
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Probiotics labelled 'quite useless'

Probiotics labelled 'quite useless' | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A study suggests "good bacteria" have little or no effect inside the body.
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Bacteria in a Dinosaur Bone Reignite a Heated Debate

Bacteria in a Dinosaur Bone Reignite a Heated Debate | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The discovery of modern microbes in a deeply buried fossil has complicated an already tangled dispute in paleontology.
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Investigators Track Contaminated Lettuce Outbreak To A Cattle Feedlot : The Salt : NPR

Investigators Track Contaminated Lettuce Outbreak To A Cattle Feedlot : The Salt : NPR | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Vegetable farmers in Yuma, Ariz., are asking whether they can co-exist in the same valley with a large cattle feedlot. Those cattle are blamed for contaminating lettuce with toxic E. coli bacteria.
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Maybe cattle farms and lettuce farms should not coexist in the same valley?
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Birmingham and Hyndburn 'worst for food hygiene'

Birmingham and Hyndburn 'worst for food hygiene' | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Consumer watchdog Which? lists the 10 best and 10 worst areas for food hygiene.
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Opinion | Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts - The New York Times

Opinion | Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts - The New York Times | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The F.D.A. banned the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals last year. One organic cattle farmer is sure the ban is being flouted.
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Of Moms and Microbes: Baby’s First Microbiome

Of Moms and Microbes: Baby’s First Microbiome | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The infant microbiome sets the stage for the development of the adult microbiome, which is important for maintaining overall health and can be a factor in the development of a variety of diseases. While we don’t yet understand what makes a healthy microbiome, we know that certain interventions, such as antibiotic use and Cesarean sections, can change babies’ microbiomes, for better or for worse.
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Microbes Make the Most of Milk

Microbes Make the Most of Milk | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
by Rachel Diner | For the first year of our lives most of what we eat is milk. In fact, during the first four months it is the only thing we eat. For mothers, both breast milk and formula are popular options for getting a baby nourished, and while both breast milk and formula have the essentials needed to survive,...
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E. Coli Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce Infects People in 11 States - The New York Times

E. Coli Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce Infects People in 11 States - The New York Times | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
No one has died in the outbreak, though 35 have been infected, including three people who have developed a type of kidney failure, officials say.
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Skin microbiota’s community effort

Skin microbiota’s community effort | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Each person’s skin carries a unique population of microbes that might help to protect skin from infection, or increase its vulnerability.
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Bacteria: captured and cultured

Bacteria: captured and cultured | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
For our new exhibition, Bacterial World, we embarked an exciting science/art experiment to make visible the colonies of bacteria present on a wide range of our everyday items and belongings. Once cultured and photographed, eight of these colonies were captured by artist Elin Thomas as a set of crochet artworks that are on display in…
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The Tree of Life: A 22 step guide to how to write a story to stir up germophobia.

The Tree of Life: A 22 step guide to how to write a story to stir up germophobia. | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A blog about microbiology, genomics and metagenomics, sequencing, evolution, ecology, and open science.
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Air Dryers vs Paper Towels –

Air Dryers vs Paper Towels – | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Which hand drying method is the best, air or paper towel? The answer is more complicated than you might think - but do wash your hands.
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Deep in Human DNA, a Gift From the Neanderthals - The New York Times

Deep in Human DNA, a Gift From the Neanderthals - The New York Times | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Long ago, Neanderthals probably infected modern humans with viruses, perhaps even an ancient form of H.I.V. But our extinct relatives also gave us genetic defenses.
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Does a Minimal Genome Exist?

Does a Minimal Genome Exist? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
What is the minimum number of genes a cell needs to survive? For years, researchers have systematically deleted genes from organisms, observed th
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BBC - Future - How bacteria can save children’s lives

BBC - Future - How bacteria can save children’s lives | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A ground-breaking new project in Bangladesh could help reduce the life-long health problems that come from childhood malnourishment – by focusing on the gut.
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Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A major supplier to UK supermarkets recalls 43 products over fears they contain the bacteria listeria.
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Chicken bug war: tale of two supermarkets

Chicken bug war: tale of two supermarkets | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Morrisons has the upper hand in the war against campylobacter, with none of its shop-bought chickens testing positive for the highest levels of contamination of the food poisoning pathogen in the latest quarterly figures.
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Chicken safety fear as chlorine washing fails bacteria tests | World news | The Guardian

Chicken safety fear as chlorine washing fails bacteria tests | World news | The Guardian | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
British microbiologists find that American technique at heart of Brexit trade row does not kill listeria and salmonella
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A Microbial Utopia: Cheese

A Microbial Utopia: Cheese | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
by Nathan Jayne, Amanda Alker, and Nathalie Delherbe | Over the past decade, there have been many large scale attempts to characterize bacterial communities, from soil and ocean microbiomes to human microbiomes. There is even a collective effort to profile the Earth’s microbiome. Scientists are not only interested in knowing who is there and what they are doing, but also how...
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Does vaginal seeding boost health?

Does vaginal seeding boost health? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Does vaginal seeding expose babies to good bacteria or is it too dangerous?
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