5 Interesting Microbiology News

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1. Blowing out birthday candles increases cake bacteria by 1,400 percent

“Due to the transfer of oral bacteria to icing by blowing out birthday candles, the transfer of bacteria and other microorganisms from the respiratory tract of a person blowing out candles to food consumed by others is likely.”
Read more: http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jfr/article/view/67217

2. Investigators use light to kill Gram-positive bacteria

Gram-positive bacteria cause the majority of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs), resulting in the most common reason for clinic visits in the United States. Recently, it was discovered that Gram-positive pathogens use a unique heme biosynthesis pathway, which implicates this pathway as a target for development of antibacterial therapies.
Read more: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/07/19/1700469114.full

3. Hybrid yeast new to science found in self-fermented beer

“The hybrid appears to be a recent hybridization event between Pichia membranifaciens and a previously undescribed species approximately 10-20 million years divergent.”
Read more: http://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/06/15/150722

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