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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How Dirt Could Save Humanity From an Infectious Apocalypse

How Dirt Could Save Humanity From an Infectious Apocalypse | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
One chemist thinks he’s found a way for us to outrun the lethal juggernaut of antibiotic resistance.
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Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.
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Antimicrobial Resistance in Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli from Retail Chilled Chicken in the UK | Food Standards Agency

Antimicrobial Resistance in Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli from Retail Chilled Chicken in the UK | Food Standards Agency | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
This survey looks at the proportion of Campylobacter jejuni and C. coli strains isolated from year 1 of the FSA’s retail chicken survey that were resistant to a range of antimicrobial agents.
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When bacteria kill us, it’s more accident than assassination – Ed Yong | Aeon Essays

When bacteria kill us, it’s more accident than assassination – Ed Yong | Aeon Essays | 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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The Wasp That Paints Its Nursery In Bacteria

The Wasp That Paints Its Nursery In Bacteria | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
… which it secretes from its head
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Microbial Multitudes: Stephen Jay Gould’s Essay on the Humongous Fungus 25 Years Later

Microbial Multitudes: Stephen Jay Gould’s Essay on the Humongous Fungus 25 Years Later | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Why a giant fungus inspired Stephen Jay Gould to quote Walt Whitman’s “I contain multitudes”
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To save a woman beseiged by superbugs, scientists hunt a killer virus

To save a woman beseiged by superbugs, scientists hunt a killer virus | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Mark Smith wants to inject his dying daughter with a virus in hopes it might kill the bacteria rooted in her lungs. First, he has to find the right virus.
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The bacteria in your gut could help determine if a cancer therapy will work

The bacteria in your gut could help determine if a cancer therapy will work | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Why does cancer immunotherapy work for some patients, but not others? The hordes of bacteria in the gut could play a decisive role, two new studies suggest.
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Final results from the third annual retail survey show campylobacter levels continue to fall | Food Standards Agency

Final results from the third annual retail survey show campylobacter levels continue to fall | Food Standards Agency | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published the last set of results from its third survey of campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought UK-produced chickens.
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'A success story for the UK egg industry' - British Lion eggs salmonella free

'A success story for the UK egg industry' - British Lion eggs salmonella free | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The Chairman of the British Egg Council heralded advice that British Lion eggs are safe to eat raw as the result of years of hard work by the egg industry.
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Runny eggs 'safe for pregnant women'

Runny eggs 'safe for pregnant women' | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
Young children, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups can safely eat raw eggs, say UK food experts.
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Why can’t we cure the common cold?

Why can’t we cure the common cold? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The long read: After thousands of years of failure, some scientists believe a breakthrough might finally be in sight
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Could baby’s first bacteria take root before birth?

Could baby’s first bacteria take root before birth? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The womb was thought to be sterile, but some scientists argue that it’s where the microbiome begins.
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Treating Disease by Nudging the Microbes Inside Us

Treating Disease by Nudging the Microbes Inside Us | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
We’ve spent centuries trying to kill bacteria. Now, scientists have shown that subtler approaches can work—at least in mice.
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Antibiotics, AMR and social media

Antibiotics, AMR and social media | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
World Antibiotics Awareness Week took place on 13 - 19 November this year to help raise awareness of the importance of antimicrobials and resistance. The Biochemical Society joined forces with the Society for Applied Microbiology to host the TweetChat #AMRHeadlines, along with Sense about Science VoYS and the British Pharmacological Society. Five experts were online…
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Stopping the Rise of Superbugs by Making Them Fight For Food

Stopping the Rise of Superbugs by Making Them Fight For Food | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A new strategy prevents parasites from adapting to drugs by intensifying the competition between them.
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'I Was Poisoned': Can Crowdsourcing Food Illnesses Help Stop Outbreaks?

'I Was Poisoned': Can Crowdsourcing Food Illnesses Help Stop Outbreaks? | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
People can use the website to report restaurants, symptoms and whether they notified health department officials. But there are potential downsides — like mistaken culprits and malicious accusations.
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The Decades-Long Quest to Make Virus-Proof Mosquitoes

The Decades-Long Quest to Make Virus-Proof Mosquitoes | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
A bacterium called Wolbachia could stop the bloodsucking insects from spreading diseases like Zika and dengue fever.
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WHO To Farmers: Stop Giving Your Animals So Many Antibiotics

WHO To Farmers: Stop Giving Your Animals So Many Antibiotics | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization is calling for strict limits on antibiotic use in animals raised for food. The guidelines could push many countries, including the U.S., to restrict drug use on farms.
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Backyard chicken trend causes spike in infections, 1 fatal

Backyard chicken trend causes spike in infections, 1 fatal | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The popular trend of raising backyard chickens in U.S. cities and suburbs is bringing with it a soaring number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases.
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2 Sisters Food Group to go before Parliamentary committee

2 Sisters Food Group to go before Parliamentary committee | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The latest development in the 2 Sisters saga will see the company's CEO appear before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.
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The Microbes That Supercharge Termite Guts

The Microbes That Supercharge Termite Guts | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
With these microscopic organisms in their bodies, the insects can digest the indigestible.
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‘Antibiotic apocalypse’: doctors sound alarm over drug resistance

‘Antibiotic apocalypse’: doctors sound alarm over drug resistance | Media Cultures: Microbiology in the news | Scoop.it
The terrifying prospect that even routine operations will be impossible to perform has been raised by experts alarmed by the rise of drug-resistant genes
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