microbiomes of the Built Environment

By Jonathan Eisen | microbiology of the built environment (buildings, vehicles, water systems, etc)

Hundreds come down with stomach illness during Royal Caribbean cruise

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to Florida on Saturday after hundreds of passengers contracted a gastrointestinal illness.<p>During the five-night cruise, 332 cases of the illness were reported, Owen Torres, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean told CNN in a statement. He stressed that it …

Royal Caribbean

Lactalis traces Salmonella contamination to drying tower

Lactalis believes it has traced the source of Salmonella contamination in infant formula to one of its drying towers.

Public Health

A microbial survey of the International Space Station (ISS)

BackgroundModern advances in sequencing technology have enabled the census of microbial members of many natural ecosystems. Recently, attention is …

Microbiome

Are Colorado’s Cattle Feedlots A Risk To Waterways?

After a 2015 rainstorm, bait shop owner Kenny Condrey went to check on some river-fed ponds near his Eastern Colorado home. What he found confirmed …

Drinking Water Microbiome

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How Mosquitoes Might SAVE Lives, Thanks To Bacteria | I Contain Multitudes

Why Is This Bacterium Hiding in Human Tumors?

A mysterious bacterium found in up to half of all colon tumors also travels with the cancer as it spreads, researchers reported on Thursday.<p>Whether the bacterium, called Fusobacterium nucleatum, actually plays a role in causing or spurring the growth of cancer is not known. But the new study, …

Unpacking factors influencing antimicrobial use in global aquaculture and their implication for management: a review from a systems perspective

AbstractGlobal seafood provides almost 20% of all animal protein in diets, and aquaculture is, despite weakening trends, the fastest growing food …

DNA accumulation on ventilation system filters in university buildings in Singapore

by Irvan Luhung, Yan Wu, Siyu Xu, Naomichi Yamamoto, Victor Wei-Chung Chang, William W. NazaroffIntroductionBiological particles deposit on air …

Biology

Communicating the promise, risks, and ethics of large-scale, open space microbiome and metagenome research

The public commonly associates microorganisms with pathogens. This suspicion of microorganisms is understandable, as historically microorganisms have …

Microbiome

The deadly germ warfare island abandoned by the Soviets

During the Cold War, Vozrozhdeniya Island was a top-secret testing ground for deadly Soviet super-pathogens. Despite over two decades of abandonment, their legacy lives on.<p>On the Kazakh-Uzbek border, surrounded by miles of toxic desert, lies an island. Or at least, something that used to be an …

Scottish Highlands

Report Suggests Research Agenda for Indoor Microbiology, Human Health, and Buildings

A new consensus study report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine outlines a research agenda intended to …

Your stinky feet can reveal who you're living with

Sharing a life means sharing your microbes.<p>You’re more bacteria than you are you. And since you’re already sharing the rest of yourself with your partner—your bed, your shower, your saliva—it makes sense that you’d share bacterial colonies too. In a way, it’s sweet. Over time, you grow to be more …

Microbiome

More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome

Benjamin Wolfe sticks his nose into a Ziploc bag and takes a whiff. "Ooh! That's actually kind of nice," he says. Inside the bag is a pungent, beige goop. It's a sourdough starter — a slurry of water, flour, yeasts and bacteria — from which loaves of delicious bread are born. And it's those …

Microbiome

NASA: You Could Probably Make Wine In Space

As humanity expands to become a multi-planetary species, some important questions must be considered: Can we bring cats? What about dogs? Also, can …

NASA

Everything you touch is covered in poop

You deal with more crap than you realize every day.<p>We all suspect that high-traffic public surfaces like subway poles, railings, and door knobs are …

Great article by Maryn McKenna on the hunt for new antibiotics w/ crowdsourcing help

This is definitely worth a read:<p>Or a listen to since there is an audio version of the story (see below).\<p>The article basically discusses work by Adam …

Alleged mishandling of Flint Legionnaire’s outbreak leads to manslaughter charges for MI health chief

This is a pretty big deal.<p>Nick Lyon is the highest-ranking state official to be charged in the crisis.<p>The director of the Department of HHS in …

Is Chlorine in Swimming Pools Safe?

<b>Q. I’ve been a swimmer for years. Now I am a bit worried about the chemical absorption of chlorine and other additives, including other people’s body products, in swimming pools. Is this a legitimate concern?</b><p><b>A.</b> It’s understandable to be concerned about a chemical that dries out skin and hair and …

Health

Are Pets the New Probiotic?

Scientists are paying increasing attention to the “indoor microbiome,” the billions of bacteria, viruses and fungi that we share our homes and offices with. But not all those micro-organisms are bad for us, experts note. And exposure to a rich array of indoor germs may actually be salutary, helping …

Microbiome

Living with dogs can help protect babies from range of illnesses like asthma

Dog aren't just cool. They can also have health benefits.<p>A recent study shows that dogs can help strengthen immune systems of children against …

A germaphobe's guide to airports and airplanes

I am a germaphobe, and when it comes to traveling, my instincts fly into overdrive.<p>This wasn't always the case. Five years ago, I came back from from …

Hacking

Handshake-Free Zones Target Spread Of Germs In The Hospital

Dr. Mark Sklansky, a self-described germaphobe, can't stop thinking about how quickly microbes can spread.<p>"If I am at a computer terminal or using a phone or opening a door, I know my hands are now contaminated, and I need to be careful and I need to wash my hands," says Sklansky, a professor of …

Public Health
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Deadly Legionnaires bug is lurking in 1.5million British homes: Researchers warn killer disease is on the rise - and showers could be to blame

• <b>Households could be harbouring the potentially fatal legionella organism</b>• <b><br>Bug causes legionnaire’s disease, can lead to pneumonia and organ</b> …

Microbiomes Differ in Newer vs Older Hospital NICUs (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Differences seen in infants' environmental, skin microbiomes

Traces of Barents Sea plankton, bacteria from Madagascar found on ISS surface

MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. Russian scientists will suggest raising the hypthetical upper border of biosphere to 400 kilometers following the discovery …

Health officials close down pool at Waco area hotel

<b>WACO, Texas (KWTX)</b> The Waco-McLennan County Health District closed down the pool at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Lacy Lakeview after members of a …

New paper of interest on antibiotic resistance genes in 4 CA cities but dangerous PR from UCLA

This new paper may be of interest:<p>Abstract:<br>Widespread prevalence of multidrug and pandrug-resistant bacteria has prompted substantial concern over …