New papers on microbiology of the built environment, February 6, 2016

Your weekly update of the literature on microbes of the built environment sensu lato. Microbes in the house Rhinitis, Ocular, Throat and Dermal Symptoms, Headache and Tiredness among Students in Schools from Johor Bahru, Malaysia: Associations with Fungal DNA and Mycotoxins in Classroom Dust – Dan Norbäck – PLOS ONE (OA) There are few studies …

Flint may not be alone

The Guardian is reporting that lead contamination may be a problem “in every major city east of the Mississippi,” and that, as in Flint, contamination may be deliberately covered up by local water utilities through a loosely organized program of test gaming. Lead isn’t very soluble in water. If you want your tests to come …

Announcement of VERVE Net on protocols.io — a forum for discussing methods in virus ecology

Posting this which I received by email: Colleagues, We are thrilled to announce the launch of VERVE Net (https://www.protocols.io/g/verve-net), an on-line platform that equips the virus ecology community with a means to easily run, modify, publish and discuss laboratory, field and bioinformatic protocols. The forum also provides new ways to navigate the literature (a publication …

Building Metadata Collection Question Crowdsourcing

MicroBEnet community, I’m now entering the 5th month of sampling for my MoBE postdoctoral fellowship [see http://microbe.net/2014/10/29/microbiomes-and-the-athletic-arena-indoor-track-facility-microbiome-in-conjunction-with-salivary-and-nostril-microbiomes-of-indooroutdoor-runners/] and want to begin compiling the pertinent physical building-centric metadata (not for the individual samples, that I have as ongoing) for my project. Below is the list that I currently have, but if the community feels that there are other …

Taxonomic Forensics in Metagenomics with In Silico Marker Panels

Introduction In 2013-2014, a metagenomics project called “Pathomap” collected 1,457 swab samples from the surfaces of all active subway stations throughout New York City (NYC), as well as samples from the Gowanus Canal and several parks. Each sample was sequenced to an average depth of 3.6 million reads (paired-end 125 nucleotides), generating a city-wide metagenomic …