A conference abstract that leaves me wanting more: microbes in the indoor air of high speed trains

Found a meeting abstract that intrigued me:Distribution of Airborne Bacteria and Fungi in the Korean High Speed Train Indoor.  The abstract is below: Background/Aims: It is known that the airborne bacteria and fungi can be the cause of a variety of infectious diseases as well as allergic and toxic effects. The purpose of this study …

Fun with Google News Archive: Early article on discovery of bacterial cause of “Legion disease” #microBEnet

Just a quick one here.  The Google News archive has all sorts of interesting stuff in there.  Much of it is not fully free / in the open but it is still interesting.  For example, – check out this article reporting the first association of a bacterial association with “Legion disease”: St. Petersburg Times – Google …

Biofilms to stabilize buildings?

When reading about the microbiology of the built environment there are far far more examples of the negative impacts of microbes on human health and building integrity than the reverse. Therefore, the occasional report of beneficial applications (however theoretical) deserves mention.  Today I came across this old report (behind a pay wall) from the 2005 …

Another proposed connection between skin & transmission of nasty microbes: this time re: foot & mouth disease#microBEnet

A new paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B is a bit disconcerting.  The paper “Skin as a potential source of infectious foot and mouth disease aerosols” is by Michael Dillon from Lawrence Livermore Labs (I have added the reference to the microBEnet collections at Mendeley and CiteULike).  A bit more about the …

Bedbugs are certainly unpleasant – but what should we think about reports of finding antibiotic resistance bacteria in them? #microBEnet

Some news agencies have recently been reporting that bedbugs may be doing something even more unpleasant than their normal unpleasantries.  Many news sources are reporting on recent information from a Canadian group that looked at what microbes were found in bedbugs in one area.  And what they found was pretty nasty.  Basically, the deal is …

A great source for news & other info about microbes: Microbe World (though time to get rid of the Beta label)

I had forgotten how great MicrobeWorld was until very recently.  It is a great source of news and other information about microbes.  It collects recommended links from a broad community of registered users.  It posts links to a series of podcasts and other resources.   Plus it has links to a collection of background information articles …

Yes, Virginia, your soap and dispenser are not actually clean #shocking #microBEnet

A new paper in Applied and Environmental Microbiology is not surprisingly getting a bunch of press “Bacterial Hand Contamination and Transfer after Use of Contaminated Bulk-Soap-Refillable Dispensers” by Zapka et al.  I note the article is freely available online. Some of the news stories about this include:   Bacteria-Laden Soap Not So Clean : Discovery …