Timmis, K. & Jebok, F. 2018. Microbiome Yarns – Bifidobacterium, human milk oligosaccharides, synthetic biology and spooks.
Teasers of Yarns in the Pipeline
- Microbiome Yarns: Microbiome of the built environment, paranormal microbiology, and the power of single cell genomics
- Microbiome Yarns: Olfactory Signalling and Microbiome Modulation of Personal Aroma Profiles
Are you fascinated by microbial diversity and the discovery of new microbes, like Burrowsia cosi? If so, you are in for some delectable treats: tune in to future episodes of Global Environment Television’s “Discoveries That Change Our Lives” to learn about the discovery of exciting new members of our microbiomes, like Fragranzrevitalizi bellissima, Wraithia, Spookia and Spectormyces.
*Note: It has been brought to our attention by two highly respected microbial taxonomists that none of the new microbes gracing the pages of the Yarns has so far been validly described. (It might, however, be mentioned, that one of the taxonomists had not heard of Pseudomonas, only of Monas, which suggests that he/she is well beyond his/her sell-by date.) This is, of course, a dreadful omission for which we profusely apologise and will correct as soon as possible… when time permits… if we can find someone who is susceptible to delegation.
Alternatively, as a pragmatic approach that could solve the problem more promptly, we solicit the considered opinion of our readers. If you esteem that a formal taxonomic description is not essential to appreciate the activities of the new microbes, please click the yellow button (only once, please; we are assured that this only works once per computer but, hell, this is technology, so who knows!).
The colourless button will progressively become coloured according to the number of times the yellow button is clicked: green for up to 100 clicks, amber for 101-200 clicks, blue for 201-500 clicks, and red for 501+ clicks. The click button will remain active for one month, after which the currently colourless button will be automatically clicked at whatever colour it has reached. This will activate an electric pulse in already positioned and tested indwelling probes that have been covertly installed in the office chairs of the taxonomists in question. The green pulse will not be detected; the amber pulse will be detected as a pleasant sensation; the blue pulse will cause the individual to make a blue comment; the red pulse will determine the high jump potential of the individual (for which we profusely apologise in advance to any secretary in attendance).