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 …

Upcoming conference: DOE-JGI User Meeting: Energy, Genomes, Environment, Microbes, Trees and more …

Just got this email I thought would be useful to share (with a few edits) Still time to register for JGI “Genomics of Energy & Environment” 6th Annual User Meeting The DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) hosts the “Genomics of Energy & Environment” 6th Annual User Meeting (March 22-24, 2011): Here Explore the agenda of …

Potential interesting new (alas not freely available) paper on microbial exposure and asthma/allergy

There is a new paper in the New England Journal of Medicine that looks to be of relevance to those interested in built environment microbiology.  Unfortunately the paper is not freely available and I do not have access to it right now.  But there is a summary available (from the authors/journal):

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 …