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ASM Weekly Newsdigest #648

 

In this issue:

  1. Where You Live May Determine What Lives Inside Your Mouth
  2. Cave bacteria could help develop future antibiotics
  3. Dogs, Owners May Swap Disease-Causing Oral Bacteria: Study
  4. A complex logic circuit made from bacterial genes
  5. Could Martian Bacteria Have Seeded Earth?
  6. Bacteria in balance
  7. Small bacteria helping big things grow in the ocean
  8. Making Snow With Recycled Sewage Could Breed Super Bacteria


Where You Live May Determine What Lives Inside Your Mouth
NPR
October 12, 2012
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/10/12/162800320/where-you-live-may-determine-what-lives-inside-your-mouth
Researchers found that when identical twins stop living together in the same house, their oral bacteria became a bit more distinct.


Cave bacteria could help develop future antibiotics
BBC
September 9, 2012
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19520629
Bacteria found in caves could provide the clues to help produce antibiotics needed in the fight against drug-resistant superbugs, explains Prof Hazel Barton.


Dogs, Owners May Swap Disease-Causing Oral Bacteria: Study
Huffington Post
October 12, 2012
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/11/kissing-dog-oral-bacteria-_n_1958637.html
A new study suggests that it's possible for disease-causing oral bacteria to be exchanged between dogs and their owners.


A complex logic circuit made from bacterial genes
Washington University in St. Louis Newsroom
October 12, 2012
https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/24418.aspx
A recently designed circuit is to act as the controller in synthetic bacteria that monitor and modify their environment.


Could Martian Bacteria Have Seeded Earth?
TIME
October 11, 2012
http://science.time.com/2012/10/11/could-martian-bacteria-have-seeded-earth/
A new study of an ancient meteorite yields new clues to the origins of life.


Bacteria in balance
Boston.com
October 14, 2012
http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/2012/10/21/researchers-suggest-alternatives-blasting-bacteria-with-antibiotics/3jLPKL3VD2qmjstnTn2n3L/story.html
Researchers suggest alternatives to blasting bacteria with antibiotics.


Small bacteria helping big things grow in the ocean
PhysOrg
October 15, 2012
http://phys.org/news/2012-10-small-bacteria-big-ocean.html
A new discovery - of a symbiosis between tiny single-celled algae and highly specialised bacteria in the ocean - will help scientists to better understand oceans and the important role they play in our lives.


Making Snow With Recycled Sewage Could Breed Super Bacteria
New York Times
October 10, 2012
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/do-not-publish-on-the-slopes-gliding-on-wastewater/
New research indicates that the wastewater system supplying a major ski resort is a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant genes.

 

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