Building “science” blogs (?)

Many recent microbe.net post links to “blog of the day” provide diverse, interesting reading related to microbial ecology. To identify some worthwhile “building science” blogs, we contacted some of the most knowledgeable building scientists we know. The results suggest some observations comparing building science and microbial ecology. Both domains (“fields,” “disciplines”) are highly diversified, ranging …

Guidelines: travel-related Legionnaire’s Disease investigation

After recognition of recent incidents of Legionnaires’ Disease in hospitals, more attention is being paid to Legionella spp by hotels and other travel industry members. In 1986, several European countries formed the European Working Group for Legionella Infections (EWGLI) to share knowledge about monitoring potential sources of Legionella as well as to provide technical guidelines …

Nice video from Institute of Medicine: What do you need to know about infectious disease?

New video from Institute of Medicine on “What you need to know about infectious disease” which is useful and fortunately includes some information about things other than infectious diseases. It is based on this booklet. I note – it is heavy on those with apparent XY chromosome status, but maybe next time they will include …

Indoor microbiology is not just about people: e.g., see this discussion of sanitation in animal shelters from #UCDavis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

Much of the work on microbiology of the built environment focuses attention on issues relating to humans.  But all those other animals that spend time in built environments are important parts of the bigger picture.  Animals certainly influence what microbes are found in the built environment.  And they are important customers of knowledge about the …

Fun with Google News Archive: Early article on discovery of bacterial cause of “Legion disease” #microBEnet

Just a quick one here.  The Google News archive has all sorts of interesting stuff in there.  Much of it is not fully free / in the open but it is still interesting.  For example, – check out this article reporting the first association of a bacterial association with “Legion disease”: St. Petersburg Times – Google …

A great source for news & other info about microbes: Microbe World (though time to get rid of the Beta label)

I had forgotten how great MicrobeWorld was until very recently.  It is a great source of news and other information about microbes.  It collects recommended links from a broad community of registered users.  It posts links to a series of podcasts and other resources.   Plus it has links to a collection of background information articles …

Great collection of free tools for microbiome analysis at the DACC #microBEnet

There is an excellent collection of tools and protocols for various microbiome analyses (genomics, metagenomics, rRNA) available at the Human Microbiome Project DACC site.  This includes downloadable tools, links to online web servers, and PDFs of various protocols.  Definitely worth checking out if you need some tools for sequence analysis.