Interesting blog post/paper from Tara Smith at Aetiology #microBEnet

Interesting blog post and paper from Tara Smith.  Her lab did some characterization of samples from kids and workers in childcare settings.  As part of their work they found some interesting varieties of Staphylococcus aureus.  For more detail see her post here: New paper: Staphylococcus aureus ST398 in a childcare worker : Aetiology.  If you have …

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):