TS Picks: April 1, 2015

Microbial ecology of fermented foods; NASA twin study; new cleaning protocols for superbug-associated scope

Tracy Vence
Apr 1, 2015

PIXABAY, JINHO KIM

Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:

  • Microbiologists Rachel Dutton of Harvard and Benjamin Wolfe of Tufts are studying fermented foods to understand the formation and maintenance of microbial communities. “Fermented foods can be valuable models for processes in less tractable microbiota,” Dutton and Wolfe wrote in a Cell review published last week (March 26).
     
  • If sensitive results emerge when NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has his genome sequenced after spending a year at the International Space Station, the findings may never be published, Nature reported last week (March 26). Researchers will be studying Kelly and his identical twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, to deduce differences between the siblings that “could reveal how the body copes with extreme environments,” according to Nature. “We’re not really comparing Mark and Scott so much as, the changes between Mark and Scott will be environmentally influenced, and let’s follow...