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Building a bio-based industry in the Middle East through harnessing the potential of the Red Sea biodiversity

The incentive for developing microbial cell factories for production of fuels and chemicals comes from the ability of microbes to deliver these valuable compounds at a reduced cost and with a smaller environmental impact compared to the analogous chemical synthesis. Another crucial advantage of microbes is their great biological diversity, which offers a much larger “catalog” of molecules than the one obtainable by chemical synthesis. Adaptation to different environments is one of the important drives behind microbial diversity. We argue that the Red Sea, which is a rather unique marine niche, represents a remarkable source of biodiversity that can be geared towards economical and sustainable bioproduction processes in the local area and can be competitive in the international bio-based economy. Recent bioprospecting studies, conducted by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, have established important leads on the Red Sea biological potential, with newly isolated strains of Bacilli and Cyanobacteria. We argue that these two groups of local organisms are currently most promising in terms of developing cell factories, due to their ability to operate in saline conditions, thus reducing the cost of desalination and sterilization. The ability of Cyanobacteria to perform photosynthesis can be fully exploited in this particular environment with one of the highest levels of irradiation on the planet. We highlight the importance of new experimental and in silico methodologies needed to overcome the hurdles of developing efficient cell factories from the Red Sea isolates.
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Microbe Post - blog I've missed "‘Naturally’ targeted inhibition of gut pathogens over commensals"

Microbe Post - blog I've missed "‘Naturally’ targeted inhibition of gut pathogens over commensals" | Viruses, Immunology & Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it
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Genetic changes in bacteria tracked

Genetic changes in bacteria tracked | Viruses, Immunology & Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it

Eight mutations occurred in the common bacteria Staphylococcus aureus as it turned from an innocuous resident inside one person's nose into a fatal blood infection, an Oxford University study has found.

 

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Research article: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/02/27/1113219109.abstract


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The microbiologist: Tweaking genes to help corals survive climate change — The Daily Climate

The microbiologist: Tweaking genes to help corals survive climate change — The Daily Climate | Viruses, Immunology & Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it

Kim Ritchie, a molecular biologist at Florida's Mote Marine Laboratory, is pushing the frontiers of gene therapy. Harnessing beneficial bacteria, she's helping coral reefs weather pollution, overfishing and climate change.


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“History of Microbiology” | Microbiology with Educator.com

History of Microbiology” | Microbiology with Educator.com ▻Watch more at http://educator.com/biology/microbiology/carpenter/ Understand your Microbiology homework and ace the test...
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Nature Reviews Microbiology: The Microbial Olympics (2012)

Nature Reviews Microbiology: The Microbial Olympics (2012) | Viruses, Immunology & Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it

Every four years, the Olympic Games plays host to competitors who have built on their natural talent by training for many years to become the best in their chosen discipline. Similar spirit and endeavour can be found throughout the microbial world, in which every day is a competition to survive and thrive. Microorganisms are trained through evolution to become the fittest and the best adapted to a particular environmental niche or lifestyle, and to innovate when the 'rules of the game' are changed by alterations to their natural habitats. In this Essay, we honour the best competitors in the microbial world by inviting them to take part in the inaugural Microbial Olympics.


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Cell - Gut Immune Maturation Depends on Colonization with a Host-Specific Microbiota

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Microbial Metagenomics Summer Course 2012 - MSU Metagenomics

Microbial Metagenomics Summer Course 2012 - MSU Metagenomics | Viruses, Immunology & Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it

Microbial metagenomics course, June 3 - June 16th, Michigan State University: http://t.co/IXBu9RHO...


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Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It

Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It | Viruses, Immunology & Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it
Bees feeding off tea trees native to New Zealand, produce a type of honey that's known as...

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