Microbial Minutes: Diabetes, Malaria, and A New Kingdom of Life

Nov. 27, 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!

Microbially-Derived Products Influence Diabetes

Bodogai M et al. Commensal bacteria contribute to insulin resistance in aging by activating innate B1a cells. Science Translational Medicine. Nov 14 2018.

Koh A et al. Microbially produced imidazole propionate impairs insulin signaling through mTORC1. Cell. October 25 2018. https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(18)31306-0

Bad News Regarding the Fight Against Malaria

Report: World Malaria Report 2018 November 19 2018.

Das S et al. Evidence of artemisinin-resistant Plasmodium falciparummalaria in eastern India. New England Journal of Medicine. November 15 2018.

Microbe May Be A New Kingdom-level Category of Life

Lax G et al. Hemimastigophora is a novel supra-kingdome-level lineage of eukaryotes. Nature

New Artificial Cells Are Closest Yet to Eukaryotic Cells

Niederholtmeyer H et al. Communication and quorum sensing in non-living mimics of eukaryotic cells. bioRxiv.

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.