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Article ID: 705457

Face Masks May Protect Hog Farm Workers and Their Household Members From Staph Bacteria

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Face masks appear to provide important protection against drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria for hog farm workers and for household members to whom they might otherwise transmit the bacteria, according to a study led by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Article ID: 705330

During Droughts, Bacteria Help Sorghum Continue Growing

Department of Energy, Office of Science

Researchers discover how certain bacteria may safeguard plant growth during a drought, making way for strategies to improve crop productivity.

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12-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST

Article ID: 705244

Gut Microbiome May Affect Some Anti-diabetes Drugs

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Why do orally-administered drugs for diabetes work for some people but not others? According to researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, bacteria that make up the gut microbiome may be the culprit.

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11-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 705204

Under snow, underfoot: soils in winter

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Chilling sub-zero temperatures. Astounding snowfalls. The weather outside is frightful. Yet under the snow and frost, life in soils carries on! Soils Matter, Soil Science Society of America’s science-based blog, provides insights to soils in winter and the organisms that live there.

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11-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 705055

An ancient strain of plague may have led to the decline of Neolithic Europeans

Cell Press

A team of researchers from France, Sweden, and Denmark have identified a new strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, in DNA extracted from 5,000-year-old human remains. Their analyses, publishing December 6 in the journal Cell, suggest that this strain is the closest ever identified to the genetic origin of plague.

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6-Dec-2018 12:45 PM EST
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Article ID: 704577

A Detailed Look at the Microorganisms That Colonize, and Degrade, a 400-Year-Old Painting

PLOS

Bacterial spores may be able to halt degradation by outcompeting other microbes

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28-Nov-2018 2:55 PM EST
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Article ID: 704895

How microbial interactions shape our lives

Carnegie Institution for Science

Baltimore, MD--The interactions that take place between the species of microbes living in the gastrointestinal system often have large and unpredicted effects on health, according to new work from a team led by Carnegie's Will Ludington. Their findings are published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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4-Dec-2018 1:40 PM EST
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Article ID: 704721

Tending the Soil

Argonne National Laboratory

The world’s leading soil scientists met at Argonne recently to discuss the importance of what’s under our feet.

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30-Nov-2018 2:05 PM EST

Article ID: 704689

Altered microbiome after caesarean section impacts baby's immune system

University of Luxembourg

Together with colleagues from Sweden and Luxembourg, scientists from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have observed that, during a natural vaginal birth, specific bacteria from the mother's gut are passed on to the baby and stimulate the baby's immune responses. This transmission is impacted in children born by caesarean section.

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30-Nov-2018 11:45 AM EST

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