microbiomes of the Built Environment

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

One Health Approach to Preventing Obesity in People and Their Pets

<b>Note to users:</b><p>Although corrected proofs do not have all bibliographic details available yet, they can already be cited using the year of online …

Exposure to household furry pets influences the gut microbiota of infant at 3–4 months following various birth scenarios

Birth scenarios<p>Dominant taxaa<p>Pet exposure status (<i>N</i> = 746)<p>No exposure<p>337 (45.2%)<p>Median (IQR)<p>Only prenatal<p>60 (8.0%)<p>Median (IQR)<p>Both pre- and …

Filthy lucre: A metagenomic pilot study of microbes found on circulating currency in New York City

by Julia M. Maritz, Steven A. Sullivan, Robert J. Prill, Emre Aksoy, Paul Scheid, Jane M. CarltonBackgroundPaper currency by its very nature is …

Biology

Salt from icy roads is contaminating North America’s lakes

In the 1940s, Americans found a new way to love salt. Not simply for sprinkling on food — we’d acquired a taste for the mineral long before that — but for spreading on roads and sidewalks. Salt became a go-to method to de-ice frozen pavement.<p>During the past half-century, annual U.S. sales of road …

Water

the microbiology of the Built Environment network

Federico Lauro, Chris Mason and I (and a few others by now) are looking for editors for a Frontiers Special Topic on Citizen Science in Microbiology. …

Built Environment

I had my cats’ poop sequenced—for science

A study is looking at the microbiome of our pets, and my cats are taking part.<p>Ever wondered about the bacteria in your cat's gut? It's probably not …

Is your office building making you sick?

If you're reading this at work, take a look around. Is there a window near you? And if there is, can you open it? Or is your building sealed, like …

I’m a Doctor. If I Drop Food on the Kitchen Floor, I Still Eat It.

You may have read or heard about the study debunking the five-second rule. It said that no matter how fast you pick up food that falls on the floor, you will pick up bacteria with it.<p>Our continued focus on this threat has long baffled me. Why are we so worried about the floor? So many other things …

Health

Are Airport Bathrooms Spreading Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Globally? | American Council on Science and Health

International travel is not always a pleasant experience. Cramped airplanes with crying babies, ridiculous and arbitrary regulations, long lines, and …

More Fast-Food Restaurants Are Serving 'No Antibiotic' Meat

The increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria has led to one of the most pressing public health issues of our time, and major fast food restaurants …

Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog: Reflections fr...

<i>Contributed by Sarah Kwan, Ph.D. Student, Yale University</i><p>On March 21th, 2016, I received exciting news that read, “Congratulations on being selected …

Chemistry

The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science

A simulation shows how the incentives of modern academia naturally select for weaker and less reliable results.<p>Bacteria, animals, languages, cancers: all of these things can evolve, which we know from the work of legions of scientists. You could argue that science itself also evolves. Researchers …

Drug-Resistant Germs Thrive in America's Corroding Water Systems

Designing Buildings to House Our Favorite Germs

<i>It’s ALIVE!!!!!!</i><p>By which we mean your home. The walls, the counters and even the showerhead teem with fungi, yeast, bacteria and other single-celled …

Microbiome

MetaMLST: multi-locus strain-level bacterial typing from metagenomic samples | Nucleic Acids Research | Oxford Academic

Multilocus sequence typing: a portable approach to the identification of clones within populations of pathogenic microorganisms<p>Comparative genetic …

Antimicrobial chemicals and antibiotic resistance in dust – now open access!

Jumping on the blame train, my colleagues and I have found yet another reason to avoid antibacterial products. Our study, which identified a …

FDA bans antibacterial soaps w/ triclosan & other chems

Well, this is enormously big news:<p><i>The FDA today banned the use of triclosan as an ingredient in antibacterial soaps, saying that such cleaners were</i> …

NASA postdoctoral fellowship solicitation to study the microbiology of the #ISS

In parallel to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation offer of two postdoctoral fellowships to study the microbiology of the ISS, NASA is also issuing a pair …

NASA

Newborn gut microbiome predicts later allergy and asthma, study finds: Microbial byproducts link particular early-life gut microbes to immune dysfunction

Microbial byproducts link particular early-life gut microbes to immune dysfunction<p>The microbes living in a baby's gut during its first month of life …

Microbiome

NASA Space Biology Fellowships to Study the Microbiome of the ISS as a Built Environment Research Announcement

Status Report From: NASA HQ<br>Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2016<p>Solicitation Number: NNH16ZTT001N-MOBE<br>Release Date: September 15, 2016<br>Mandatory NOI …

Vegans, You’re Contributing to Antibiotic Resistance, Too - Motherboard

There are a lot of different reasons why some people choose not to consume any animal products. The fact that we regularly pump our livestock full of antibiotics, significantly contributing to the development of antibiotic resistance, is one of them.<p>But what some vegans may not realize is that just …

Microbiology

Trump floats rolling back food safety regulations

In a fact sheet posted online Thursday, the campaign highlighted a number of "specific regulations to be eliminated" under the GOP nominee's economic …

Agriculture

The strange history of antibiotic resistance, which was once good for business

We may come to the end of antibiotics. We may run clean out of effective ammunition, and then how the bacteria and moulds will lord it.”<p>If you had to guess where those words came from, you might well say a recent news segment on TV, or perhaps an op-ed published by a frantic doctor. After all, …

Medicine

Why does my exercise clothing smell?

<b>It's a mystery that haunts laundry baskets, gym bags and changing rooms the world over. Why do some gym clothes smell so much worse than others after exercise, asks Gabriel Weston.</b><p>When we exercise we all make different choices about what we wear - whether it's a decade-old baggy T-shirt, last …

How Designers and Scientists Are Using Bees to Map NYC’s Microbes

You share more than a zip code with your neighbors. You also share bugs—microscopic organisms (think bacteria, fungi, and viruses). These microbial …

Fungi and Bacteria in Indoor Cultural Heritage Environments: Microbial-related Risks for Artworks and Human Health

<b>Environment and Ecology Research Vol. 4(5), pp. 257 - 264<br>DOI: 10.13189/eer.2016.040504<br>Reprint (PDF) (751Kb)</b><p><b>Enza Di Carlo 1, Rosa Chisesi 1, Giovanna</b> …

Roman Plumbing: Overrated

Ancient Rome’s toilets, sewers, and bathhouses may have been innovative, but they didn’t do much to improve public health.<p>Though the ancient Romans may be more well-known for things like military prowess and leafy hats, they have also been lauded for being awesome at toilets.<p>The book <i>100 Ideas That</i> …

Indian architect puts people and environment first in his designs

Empty plastic bottles, wooden crates that hold perishable goods and fly ash are considered waste by many but one architect has turned them into …

Sustainability

Bacteria found in infants has also been found in pipes of Maryland hospital

Prince George’s Hospital Center officials say that the potentially deadly bacteria found in the nasal swabs of three of their infant patients was also found in the plumbing of the neonatal intensive care unit and a unit for adult patients.<p>At a news conference Friday, the president of Dimensions …

Public Health