Inaugural Forsyth Symposium Featuring the Uncultivable Bacteria Oct 11-12, 2018

Got details of this symposium by email: www.forsyth.org/forsyth-symposium Dear Friends and Colleagues, Forsyth is having a Fall Symposium on the “Uncultivable Bacteria” October 11-12, 2018.  We have an excellent set of Featured Speakers: Jill Banfield –Bacteria of the Candidate Phyla Radiation Floyd Dewhirst –Successful Cultivation Strategy for Saccharibacteria members of the Candidate Phyla Radiation Angela Douglas …

Making social media more accessible

Saw this on Twitter and I think it is really important so am sharing widely: How accessible is your social media game?? Check out some simple tips for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, & more here: https://t.co/c1pZJMNIgW — 🔬Samantha Yammine 🏳️‍🌈 (@SamanthaZY) August 5, 2018 Basically, this is referurgint referring to a web site from the Univeristy …

Evolution happens: Bacteria becoming resistant to hospital disinfectants

Well, if true this is both troubling and not surprising: Bacteria becoming resistant to hospital disinfectants, warn scientists | Society | The Guardian The story reports on a paper in Science Translational Medicine. Some quotes: The results reveal that Enterococcus faecium bacteria have become more tolerant to alcohol over that time. “We found that the new …

#MoBE #IndoorMicro new paper: isolation of bacterial diversity present in medical waste and health care settings in hospitals in Kenya

New paper of potential interest to the microbiology of the built environment crowd:  African Journal of Microbiology Research – isolation of bacterial diversity present in medical waste and health care settings in hospitals in kenya Nosocomial infections have impacted great burden in healthcare system and has led to deteriorating health condition and deaths. This study …

This air resistance is a real drag: global survey of antibiotic resistance genes in air samples

This new open access paper from Li et al may be of interest. Global Survey of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Air.   Abstract: Despite its emerging significant public health concern, the presence of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in urban air has not received significant attention. Here, we profiled relative abundances (as a fraction, normalized by 16S rRNA …

Postdoctoral or Staff Scientist Computational Biology/Bioinformatics position in the A.E. Allen Lab in San Diego

Got this by email and am posting here:   The A.E. Allen Lab conducts research at the intersection biological and microbial oceanography and functional genomics. We are a joint lab group between the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego and the Environmental and Microbial Genomics department at the J. Craig Venter Institute …

A new, and scary, fungus among us #MoBE #Candida

Fascinating, scary and really important read from Maryn McKenna in Wired: The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast By the normal standards of outbreak, Candida auris signals a mind-bending shift—and it’s forcing researchers draw on some of medicine’s oldest practices to rethink treatment.   The article tells the tale of Candida auris a fungus that …

New #MoBE paper of interest: Exploring temporal patterns of bacterial and fungal DNA accumulation on a ventilation system filter 

This new #OpenAccess paper may be of interest to those out there thinking about microbes in the built environment. : Luhung I, Wu Y, Xu S, Yamamoto N, Wei-Chung Chang V, Nazaroff WW (2018) Exploring temporal patterns of bacterial and fungal DNA accumulation on a ventilation system filter for a Singapore university library. PLoS ONE …

Really important and interesting: Large scale experiment probes chemistry inside our homes

News story about the fascinating and important new project on chemistry of the home.  This is being supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in their new Chemistry of the Built Environment program. Dozens of analytical instruments have spent a month observing the chemistry of the air inside a three bed house Source: Large scale …