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Volume 1 Issue 1, January 2016

Islands in the stream

Surface topography and fluid flow conditions influence quorum-sensing-mediated communication in bacterial biofilms, leading to complex spatial and temporal phenotypic patterns in genetically identical populations.

See Kim et al. 1, 15005 (2016)

Image: Kim, M. K. et al.Cover design: Karen Moore

Volume 1 Issue 1


  • The Renaissance was a time marked by renewed appreciation of the achievements that came before and the re-ignited desire to uncover new insights into the order of the natural world, a description that is equally apt for the microbiology field of today.



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Comment & Opinion

  • Michele Banks (also known as @artologica) is a US-based painter and collage artist whose works are based on scientific and medical themes, and who has a particular fascination with all things microbial. We caught up with Michele to ask about her art and the inspiration behind it.

    • Andrew Jermy
  • Advances in culturing hepatitis C virus have given hope for a universal cell culture system amenable to primary isolate replication. However, low replication efficiency needs to be overcome. The development of fully susceptible yet immunocompetent in vivo models would aid research towards a prophylactic vaccine.

    • David Paul
    • Ralf Bartenschlager
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News & Views

  • Surface topography and fluid flow combine to modify quorum sensing communication in bacterial biofilms, changing the way we think about the interaction of biofilms with external physical forces and the implications for persistence in chronic infections and industrial fouling.

    • Paul Stoodley
    News & Views
  • A recent analysis of microbial community dynamics shows that, contrary to current assumption, too much cooperation among species can destabilize their communities. This is a first step towards understanding what makes a stable microbiome and, thus, transforming microbiome research into a more predictive science.

    • Luke McNally
    • Sam P. Brown
    News & Views
  • High-throughput population genomics reveals how the evolution of chromosome arrangement and sequence divergence followed by secondary contact upon glacier retreat initiates homoploid hybrid speciation in natural populations of the budding yeast Saccharomyces paradoxus.

    • Rike B. Stelkens
    • Duncan Greig
    News & Views
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  • A survey of federally supported microbiome research in the United States of America over fiscal years 2012–2014 and implications for the funding of future microbiome research in the US and beyond.

    • Elizabeth Stulberg
    • Deborah Fravel
    • Angela Records
    Consensus Statement
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