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 …

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 …

Master’s Thesis of Possible Interest: role of hospital toilets in microbial dissemination & the effectiveness of UV C 

Just got notified of this via some automated Google Scholar searchers and it seems like it might be of interest: Source: The role of hospital toilets in microbial dissemination and the effectiveness of ultraviolet C irradiation – UBC Library Open Collections Master’s thesis by Jesse Cooper from UBC.   See some discussion of this on …

ScienceFriday on ‘What Microbes Are Hiding In Your Microbiome?’ with Jessica Green & Rob Dunn

Source: What Microbes Are Hiding In Your Microbiome? Great to see / hear this on Science Friday.  Featuring Jessica Green and Rob Dunn and a discussion of the new NAS report on microbiomes of the built environment. Produced by Katie Hiler. It is worth a listen to … Here is their summary: Ever wonder if your …

Worth a look: new paper on “The application of project-based learning in bioinformatics training”

  This new paper in PLOS Computational. Biology may be of interest: : The application of project-based learning in bioinformatics training by Emery LR and Morgan SL. Although many out there may already be doing projects based learning for bioinformatics, many others are not.  This paper discusses how the authors added a projects component to an existing course …