Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:03

Microbial Minutes: Rotavirus, Dengue, and Measles - Plus Red Tide and Nitrogen-Fixing Maize

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What's hot in the microbial sciences? ASM summarizes microbiology news and reports in Microbial Minutes, a biweekly news roundup. Watch the YouTube session for summaries and major findings, and read the reports and news coverage for yourself below. What should we highlight next time? Leave a suggestion in our comments section!



Plant microbes in mucilage fix nitrogen from the air

Van Deynze A et al. Nitrogen fixation in a landrace of maize is supported by a mucilagr-associated diazotrophic microbiota. PLoS Biology 16(8). Aug 7 2018.


‘Red tide’ caused by K. brevis wreaking havoc in Florida

Florida red tide update: county collects 150 tons of dead fish, prepares for state of emergency. Daniel Moritz-Rabson. Newsweek. Aug 20 2018. 



Antibiotics boost rotavirus vaccine efficacy

Harris VC et al. Effect of antibiotic-mediated microbiome modulation on rotavirus vaccine immunogenicity: a human, randomized-control proof-of-concept trial. Cell Host & Microbe 24(2). August 8 2018. 

Pindyck T et al. A decade of experience with rotavirus vaccination in the United States – vaccine uptake, effectiveness, and impact. Expert Review of Vaccines. July 2018. 

Bar-Zeev N et al.Impact of monovalent rotavirus vaccine on diarrhea-associated post-neonatal infant mortality in rural communities in Malawi: a population-based birth cohort study. The Lancet Global Health 6(9). Sept 1 2018. 


Vaccine-preventable disease spreads in developed world

Press Release: Measles cases hit record high in the European Region. World Health Organization. August 20 2018. 

Olive JK et al. The state of the antivaccine movement in the United States: A focused examination of nonmedical exemptions in states and counties. PLoS Medicine 15(6) June 12 2018. 


Specific bacteria stop mosquitoes from spreading disease

O’Neill SL et al. Scaled deployment of Wolbachia to protect the community from Aedestransmitted arboviruses. Gates Open Research 2(36) Aug 20 2018. 

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Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf is the ASM Science Communications Specialist. She contributes to the ASM social media and blog network and hosts the Meet the Microbiologist podcast. She also runs workshops at ASM conferences to help scientists improve their own communication skills. Follow Julie on Twitter for more ASM and microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.

Julie earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, focusing on medical mycology and infectious disease. Outside of her work at ASM, she maintains a strong commitment to scientific education and teaches molecular biology at the community biolab, Genspace. She lives in beautiful New York City.