Monthly Archives: March 2014

First “space microbiome” twin study

There was an interesting blurb in the ASM news digest today; NASA is planning to use a pair of astronaut twins to do the first study of the microbiome in space!  One twin will go aboard the International Space Station … Continue reading

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Why fruits rot, seeds mold and meat spoils…theories on microbe-macrobe competition

There is a new theoretical paper out on microbe-macrobe (vertebrate) competition, building off a 1977 hypothesis piece from the ever-colorful ecologist Dan Janzen.  Interesting thoughts on secondary metabolite production, microbial dispersion/sucession, and competition.    Science News piece: http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/03/rotten-fruit-may-be-due-microbe-warfare Original Janzen paper- http://www.jstor.org/stable/2460325 … Continue reading

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Chemical-biogeographic survey of secondary metabolism in soil

Paper from Sean Brady’s lab in current issue of PNAS- http://www.pnas.org/content/111/10/3757.full

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More science controversy–retracting papers

There’s a big development in the stem cell world over a new method that was published recently on how to quickly generate stem cells.  Now, co-authors on those original papers are asking for a retraction, and it seems the methods … Continue reading

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Science news- SABOTAGE!

A few of us were discussing this science news piece at lunch and it may be of interest to the group at large. The incident involves a lab at Yale.  http://www.sciencemag.org/content/343/6175/1065.summary

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