Category Archives: E. coli

Wyoming’s War on Microbiology

Well, they’re not calling it that, but this Wyoming law is definitely not going to make our water cleaner, or stop the spread of antibiotic resistance genes (boldface mine): …the new law makes it a crime to gather data about … Continue reading

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Carbapenem-Resistant Organisms Are Prevalent in Bangladeshi Environmental Samples–This Is Really Bad

We’re not going to be able to contain this (boldface mine): Carriage of the New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase variant 1 (NDM-1) enables drug resistance to move between communities and hospitals. In Bangladesh, we found the blaNDM-1 gene in 62% of environmental … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Resistance: The End of Eras Versus the Death of Silver Bullets

The type of antibiotic resistance you typically hear about in popular treatments is of the ‘ZOMG UR GONNA DIE11!!11′ type. In other, more grammatical words, we’re often discussing the evolution of organisms that are untreatable, such as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (‘CRE’). … Continue reading

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The Need to Characterize ‘Near’ Missing Diversity: A Comment on the Subway Microbiome Paper

I’m a few weeks late to the subway microbiome paper which, in internet time is decades, but I’ve noticed two things are missing in the commentary. Before I get to those issues, one of the advantages of being behind the … Continue reading

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American Bushmeat

Regarding the upswing in Western interest in Ebola (the outbreak was chugging along nicely for weeks without much fanfare), one of the tropes that’s spreading (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) is the word ‘bushmeat.’ A Washington Post story does a … Continue reading

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The Price of Pork and the Externalities of Antibiotic Resistance

If you haven’t read Maryn McKenna’s excellent piece on antibiotic resistance, you should. Before I get to a point about agriculture, I just want to point out this bit from McKenna’s article: At UCLA, Spellberg treated a woman with what … Continue reading

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KPC: It’s the Drug Resistance, Stupid

Probably. With the recent CDC report detailing the many thousands killed by antibiotic resistance, a recent Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy paper addresses a relevant question: in the clinical setting, are most drug-resistant infections dangerous (or lethal) because they are good … Continue reading

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