Antibiotics Use In Livestock: A Taste of Our Own Medicine 

There is a nice article by Katherine Wu on the history of antibiotic usage in livestock that is worth a look:  A Taste of Our Own Medicine – I Contain Multitudes – Medium This is part of the HHMI/Tangled Bank Studio’s series on “I Contain Multitudes” based on Ed Yong’s book of the same name. It …

Has “The antibiotic course” had its day? Some say yes, some say no or not yet 

“Should we always antibiotics until the end of their course?” Well, this has been a question asked on and off over the last 10 years or so.  And this I was quite interested in a Tweet I saw from Eric Topol this AM (I note – Eric Topol on Twitter is a better source of …

The cheese microbiome as a model. system continues to yield useful results

The “cheese microbiome” as a model system continues to yield useful results.  Model systems for microbiome & microbial ecology studies are really important and it is great to see how this system has continued to develop.  This is worth a look. The search for lively bacterial communities led Rachel Dutton, a microbiologist at UC San …

Storify of Talk by Jo Handelsman at DOE JGI Meeting on Plant Secondary Metabolites

This may be of interest to some. I made a Storify of some Tweets by me and a few others from a talk by Jo Handelsman yesterday. ———————– UPDATE December 2018 Storify is no longer in existence. Fortunately we were able to convert the Storify summary to one via Wakelet. Wakelet details Link to the …

Superbugs Phone Game and Longitude Prize Competition #Resistance

This looks pretty cool Source: Superbugs | Longitude Prize From their site Destroy deadly bacteria and keep humanity’s precious antibiotics working for as long as you can in this free, fast-paced, and addictive action game. The story of this casual, real-time puzzle game comes straight from today’s headlines: The rise of superbugs, resistant bacteria which …

This story about naked surgery has no clothes …

A University of Washington study found surgeons in the nude shed ‘significantly less bacteria than those wearing scrubs’, but admitted it was not likely to ever happen. So – this DailyMail story certainly has a catchy headline: Surgeons can stop spread of germs by operating NAKED | Daily Mail Online. Alas, the story is seriously …