Profile: Daniella Lowenberg
Daniella is a Publications Manager for PLOS ONE. She has a BS in Microbiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her background in science includes, annotating a wide variety of literature to curate drug-centric pathways and pharmacogenomics summaries. She also has used PathVisio to animate drug metabolic, dynamic, and kinetic pathways. Write manuscripts describing the drug-centric pathway and pharmacogenomics summaries to be submitted to Pharmacogenomics & Genetics.
NoteStreams By Daniella Lowenberg
A house is not a home without a dog, and a dog isn’t a “D-O-double-G” without its microbial “crew.” Human microbiome research is progressing rapidly, and we are always learning how the bacteria living on and inside of us contribute to our survival and well-being. Although we are making some headway to understanding the role of human flora in our bodies and in disease progression, we know far less about the microbial flora in our pooch friends.
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but honey may fight some infections. Bacterial cell walls are not only responsible for sustaining the cell’s shape but are also necessary for the bacteria’s growth, survival, and reproduction. A class of antibiotics called beta-lactams, which includes the familiar antibiotics penicillin and ampicillin, attack the cell wall’s proteins, causing the cell wall to fall apart and die. While this is effective for treating many common bacterial infections in people, microbes have long been developing resistance to antibiotic drugs, referred to as antibiotic resistance. In the race to protect ourselves from these bugs, scientists are looking for promising alternatives that may combat microbes with the same effectiveness as antibiotics.
The first breeding penguin colony was discovered in Antarctica in 1902, and in 1999 thousands of birds were sighted near the Mertz glacier in Antarctica, but for the last century, suspected colonies of Emperor Penguins in the area had yet to be confirmed. Satellite images from a thousand feet in the sky helped scientists detect the Eastern colony by the presence of fecal marks—or in bird specialist speak, “guano”—in the snow.