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ASM’s Best Microbiology News of 2016: the Year in Review

Press Releases

ASM’s Best Microbiology News of 2016: the Year in Review

Here’s a glimpse of the most popular research stories from ASM’s journals that were covered in the news this year.

Joanna Urban - avatar Joanna Urban

Unlocking cryptic Streptomyces genes in the search for potential new antibiotics

mBiosphere

Unlocking cryptic Streptomyces genes in the search for potential new antibi…

Actinobacteria are the bacterial phylum responsible for production of many clinically-relevant antibacterial compounds. Streptomyces is a soil-dwelling genus of actinobacteria that produces drugs like neomycin and chloramphenicol. Despite deriving many...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Basing a curriculum on discovery-based research

Education

Basing a curriculum on discovery-based research

If you are currently a microbiologist, chances are your introductory microbiology lab course syllabus hadn’t changed for decades. The course likely culminated in each student receiving an unknown bacterial sample...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Resistance to Drug Of Last Resort Found In Farm Animals In US

Press Releases

Resistance to Drug Of Last Resort Found In Farm Animals In US

Bacteria that carry a transmissible carbapenem resistance gene have been found in agricultural animals in the United States for the first time, a new study shows.

Joanna Urban - avatar Joanna Urban

World AIDS Day 2016

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World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day 2016 gives us an opportunity to reflect on what progress has been made, and on what work still must be done

Stefano Bertuzzi - avatar Stefano Bertuzzi

Former ASM President to Leave White House for Wisconsin

ASM News

Former ASM President to Leave White House for Wisconsin

Jo Handelsman, a Yale University professor and associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will head Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Patrick Lacey - avatar Patrick Lacey

Resources to Help You Teach About Communicable Disease and Immunity

Education

Resources to Help You Teach About Communicable Disease and Immunity

As World AIDS Day approaches, consider the following resources from ASM’s open-access Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) to help your students understand the mechanisms behind the spread of disease and...

Education - avatar Education

Why attend ABRCMS? Students describe their experiences

Education

Why attend ABRCMS? Students describe their experiences

Students are the focus of the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) meeting, held most recently November 9-12, 2016, in Tampa, Florida. Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students make up...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Resources for Safe Food Preparation this Thanksgiving

Press Releases

Resources for Safe Food Preparation this Thanksgiving

Check out ASM's Safety Tips for a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

Joanna Urban - avatar Joanna Urban

Phages May Contribute to Spread of Resistance

Microbiology News

Phages May Contribute to Spread of Resistance

A survey of environmental viromes suggests that phages carry antimicrobial resistance genes 

Patrick Lacey - avatar Patrick Lacey

I "Flu" in for the Holidays

Microbial Sciences

I "Flu" in for the Holidays

Each year, millions across the globe travel for the holidays. But with the increase in human travel, what microbial gifts are we bringing home with us?

Ada Hagan - avatar Ada Hagan Flu, influenza, travel, holidays

Micro skills are vital in nurse training. Read more in JMBE's new issue

ASM News

Micro skills are vital in nurse training. Read more in JMBE's new issue

Microbiology should remain a mandatory component of the nursing curriculum. Read our editorial and more from JMBE's new issue.

Claudia Ratti - avatar Claudia Ratti

Responding to Zika Critique

Zika Diaries

Responding to Zika Critique

Those of us working in scientific research often receive critiques of our grant applications or papers that we submitted for publication. In most cases it's necessary to respond to these...

Vincent Racaniello - avatar Vincent Racaniello zika, virus, Zika Diaries

Carbapenem-resistant bacteria isolated from a pig farm in the United States

mBiosphere

Carbapenem-resistant bacteria isolated from a pig farm in the United States

While carbapenems aren’t allowed to be given to feedlot animals, other beta-lactam antibiotics are. This is a large class of drugs that includes extended-spectrum cephalosporin drugs. There is no direct link...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Supporting Microbiology in the Nursing Curriculum

Education

Supporting Microbiology in the Nursing Curriculum

Do you teach microbiology to nursing students? Has your institution faced pressure to reduce or eliminate microbiology in its nursing curriculum? ASM is aware of this issue and is taking...

Education - avatar Education Education, Nursing, JMBE

A Career in Clinical Microbiology: Medical Laboratory Scientist

Careers

A Career in Clinical Microbiology: Medical Laboratory Scientist

Do you like working in a hospital with patient samples? Ty Cox, a medical lab scientist at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson shares his journey and what skills are...

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If the thunder don't get you, the lightning will - TWiP 122

ASM Podcasts

If the thunder don't get you, the lightning will - TWiP 122

The case of the Female from Peru with Epistaxis, and the effect of community deworming on immunosuppression.

Vincent Racaniello - avatar Vincent Racaniello Parasitism, Parasites, Epistaxis

Peter Palese Featured in Public Radio Broadcast

ASM News

Peter Palese Featured in Public Radio Broadcast

WNYC broadcast features virologist’s quest for a better flu vaccine

Patrick Lacey - avatar Patrick Lacey

Of mice and MERS - TWiV 418

ASM Podcasts

Of mice and MERS - TWiV 418

A new animal model for MERS coronavirus-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome, produced by CRISPR/Cas9 editing of the mouse gene encoding an ortholog of the virus receptor.

Vincent Racaniello - avatar Vincent Racaniello Virology, viruses, coronavirus, crisprcas9, MERS, CRISPR

Hijacker Heightened Hyphal Heterogeneity - BacterioFiles 279

ASM Podcasts

Hijacker Heightened Hyphal Heterogeneity - BacterioFiles 279

Fungi control their cell's growth and division with a protein from a virus, unlike all other kinds of eukaryote!

Jesse Noar - avatar Jesse Noar Fungi, viruses, eukaryotes

ASM Members Elledge and Ohsumi Win Breakthrough Prize

ASM News

ASM Members Elledge and Ohsumi Win Breakthrough Prize

Stephen Elledge of Harvard Medical School and 2016 Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi are 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awardees 

Patrick Lacey - avatar Patrick Lacey

 

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