microbiomes of the Built Environment

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

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 …

Biology

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 …

Construction

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 …

Black Market

Reflections from the 20th Annual GC&E Conference as a First Time Attendee

<i>Contributed by Sarah Kwan, Ph.D. Student, Yale University</i> <br>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 …

Research

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

Designing Buildings to House Our Favorite Germs

Some are already exploring health implications. Christopher Lowry’s lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, for instance, is investigating the …

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 …

Biology

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 …

Microbiology

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> …

Built Environment

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 …

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 …

NASA

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 …

Public Health

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 …

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, …

Microbiology

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 …

University of Alberta

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 …

Microbiome

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> …

Ancient Rome

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 …

Public Health

One of NASA’s cleanest spacecraft ever is ready to fly

The Oral and Skin Microbiomes of Captive Komodo Dragons Are Significantly Shared with Their Habitat

1.↵<p>McFall-Ngai M,<br>• Hadfield MG,<br>• Bosch TCG,<br>• Carey HV,<br>• Domazet-Lošo T,<br>• Douglas AE,<br>• Dubilier N,<br>• Eberl G,<br>• Fukami T,<br>• Gilbert SF,<br>• Hentschel U,<br>• King N,<br>• Kjelleberg …

Melbourne labelled food allergy capital of the world by researchers

Melbourne is most likely the food allergy capital of the world because of a fear of germs, the climate and a lack of vitamin D, researchers say.

Health

Cell phone germs a concern at healthcare centers

Rio 2016: 'I've never dived in anything like it' - Olympic pool turns green

Confusion abounded at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre as the normally azure pool water turned a swampy green for the women's synchronised 10m platform final.<p>Divers were forced to compete in water the colour sea lions - rather than Olympians - are accustomed to performing in.<p>Questions were asked on …

Rio Olympics