Microbial Minutes: Bacterial Speciation, Ancient Bacteria, and Drug-Resistant Infection Deaths

Dec. 11, 2018

What's hot in the microbial sciences? ASM summarizes microbiology news and reports in Microbial Minutes, a biweekly news roundup. Watch the YouTube session for summaries and major findings, and read the reports and news coverage for yourself below. What should we highlight next time? Leave a suggestion in our comments section!

Microbial Species: Yes; Microbial Evolution: Getting There

Wolf YI et al. Origins and Evolution of the Global RNA Virome. mBio. November 27 2018.

Jain C et al. High throughput ANI analysis of 90K prokaryotic genomes reveals clear species boundaries. Nature Communications. November 30 2018.


Plague Bacterium Existed in, Shaped Neolithic Life

Rascovan N et al. Emergence and Spread of Basal Lineages of Yersinia pestisduring the Neolithic Decline. Cell. November 2018.

Zhu G et al. Resuscitation of Anammox Bacteria after >10,000 Years of Dormancy. ISME JournalNovember 30 2018.


Soil Component Degrades Hard-to-Denature Prion Protein

Kuznetsova A et al. Soil Humic Acids Degrade CWD Prions and Reduce Infectivity. Plos Pathogens. November 29 2018.


More People Die from MDR Infections than Previously Thought

Burnham JP et al. Re-estimating Annual Deaths Due to Multidrug-Resistant Organism Infections. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. November 22 2018.  

Cassini A et al. Attributable deaths and disability-adjusted life-years caused by infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the EU and the European Economic Area in 2015: a population-level modelling analysis. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. November 5 2018. 


Author: Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf
Dr. Julie Wolf is in science communications at Indie Bio, and was a former ASM employee. Follow Julie on Twitter for more ASM and microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.