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You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em, as Kenny Rogers used to sing, but when a bacterium bets its chips in a losing game, how does it fold without losing everything? A new Observation piece accepted for the inaugural issue of mBio reveals that antisense RNAs may be an important tool for regulating the expression of mRNA in bacteria, thereby allowing a cell to back out of the game when it has created too many transcripts of certain genes.
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 17:45

Microbial Genomics and the Future of Food Microbiology

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There’s no question that foodborne disease is a serious problem.  Illnesses from contaminated foods cause over 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in six Americans suffers a food-related illness each year, so even those of us without a doctor’s bill may miss work due to an irritated digestive system. In addition to missed work days, recalls of contaminated ingredients are extremely costly, with millions of pounds of food taken out of production each year. Food safety affects our health and economy at the individual and…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 16:52

Yum! Digesting ASM Resources for Food Microbiology

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Food-related microbiology can be one of the most fun or least fun ways to interact with microbes. In the ‘most fun’ category, scientists and non-scientists alike can use microbes to create delicious foods from fermentative processes; in the ‘least fun’ category, scientists and non-scientists alike can experience the effects of foodborne disease. Regardless of the microbial interaction you’ve experienced, ASM has a number of resources to keep you on top of the most recent food microbiology research. We’ve collected some of the most recent for your reading pleasure:
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