Today in possibly interesting science but needless fear mongering ..

So this sounds like there may be some interesting science going on here: Zero gravity had unexpected effects on E. coli samples, causing them to behave differently. That could present problems trying to treat them. Source: Space-Grown Bacteria Could Pose Major Problems for Astronauts But the article includes a bunch of needless fear mongering. What …

Save the date – 10/27 – MICROBOOOMES at #UCDavis

This is just a “Save the Date” announcement. More detail will be coming soon. Every year the UC Davis Genome Center hosts a “Halloween Symposium” on some genomics-related topic.  In addition to the symposium there is a pumpkin carving contest, a poster session with some prizes, awards for best costumes, and generally a decent amount …

Call for MoBE photos and videos

Highlighting MoBE Research !!   I am putting together a slide deck to highlight MoBE research at the Microbiology of the Built Environment Symposium October (10th-12th) at the National Academy of Sciences. The images will be run during breaks and prior to the beginning of the symposium each day. Please send your group’s photos, logos, …

Of possible interest: Airborne bacterial assemblage in a zero carbon building: A case study

Of possible interest: Airborne bacterial assemblage in a zero carbon building: A case study – Leung – 2017 – Indoor Air – Wiley Online Library Abstract: Currently, there is little information pertaining to the airborne bacterial communities of green buildings. In this case study, the air bacterial community of a zero carbon building (ZCB) in …

Of possible interest: Bacterial diversity among four healthcare-associated institutes in Taiwan

Quick post – paper of possible interest:: Bacterial diversity among four healthcare-associated institutes in Taiwan | Scientific Reports Abstract Indoor microbial communities have important implications for human health, especially in health-care institutes (HCIs). The factors that determine the diversity and composition of microbiomes in a built environment remain unclear. Herein, we used 16S rRNA amplicon …

Of possible interest: Seasonal variation characteristic of inhalable microbial communities in PM2.5 in Beijing 

Quick post – paper of possible interest:: Seasonal variation characteristic of inhalable microbial communities in PM2.5 in Beijing city, China – ScienceDirect   Abstract: Bacteria and fungi are primary constituents of airborne microbes in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and significantly impact human health. However, hitherto, seasonal variation and effect of air pollution on microbial community …

Research Associate-Fixed Term position at Michigan State University

Michigan State University has an opportunity for Co-PI on a research project using third-generation technologies for rapid detection and accurate quantification of viral pathogens in marine mammals and their environments. APPLY HERE:   http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/496632/research-associatefixed-term   Position Summary As Co-PI, you will lead the overall assessment of the illumina and nanopore MinION sequencing and Digital Droplet …