“Germs” in cars

When people hear “microbiology of the built environment” they tend to focus on buildings.  But the built environment also includes things like trains, cars, planes, even the space station where some cool microbiology work has taken place. When looking for work on the microbiology of these environments I came across a small, non-peer reviewed study …

One reason why NASA should care about “microbiology of the built environment” #microBEnet

Ed Yong in his blog discusses a recent article he wrote for Wired UK: The real story about space bacteria | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine.  Some aspects of the story are very interesting.  What I want to call attention to here is that NASA (and other space agencies) should be VERY interested in …

Sloan Program on Microbiology of the Built Environment

microBEnet is funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of their program on the Microbiology of the Built Environment. A conversation with Paula Olsiewski, program director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation program on the Microbiology of the Built Environment What is the Foundation’s program on the Microbiology of the Built Environment? …

Richard Branson getting into microbial diversity (partly) #microBEnet

Richard Branson is planning a deep sea exploration project that will include sampling of microbial diversity with Katrina Edwards and Doug Bartlett and others.  For more information see here: Richard Branson launches Virgin Oceanic: deep-sea exploring submarines – Boing Boing. Perhaps we can convince him to also use his planes and spaceships to sample airborn …

U.S. Government Reports

National Academy of Sciences Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health (2011) Sequence-Based Classification of Select Agents: A Brighter Line (2010) Antibiotic Resistance: Implications for Global Health and Novel Intervention Strategies: Workshop Summary (2010) Microbial Evolution and Co-Adaptation: A Tribute to the Life and Scientific Legacies of Joshua Lederberg (2009) The New Science of Metagenomics: …

Upcoming workshop of potential interest on “Building Design & Engineering Approaches to Airborne Infection Control 8/1-12 Boston. MA

Just a quick post on a workshop of possible interest: Building Design and Engineering Approaches to Airborne Infection Control. The workshop is August 1-12 in Boston, MA.   It is organized by the Harvard School of Public Health.  The overview from the website says: “A significant bottleneck in the implementation of precautions against airborne transmission of …