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What’s in your Gut? Certain Bacteria May Influence Susceptibility to Infection

WASHINGTON, DC –September 16, 2014 – The specific composition of bacterial species in a person’s gut may protect against or increase susceptibility to Campylobacter, the most common cause of human bacterial intestinal inflammation, according research published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology....


Strategic Self-Sabotage? MRSA Inhibits Its Own Growth

WASHINGTON, DC September 15, 2014 -- Scientists at the University of Western Ontario have uncovered a bacterial mystery.  Against all logic, the most predominant strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in North American produces an enzyme that degrades skin secretions into compounds that are toxic to itself. The research is published online ahead...


Commensal Bacteria Help Orchestrate Immune Response in Lung

WASHINGTON, DC – September 11, 2014 – Studies in mice demonstrate that signals from the bacteria that harmlessly—and often beneficially—inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract boost the immune system’s ability to kill a major respiratory pathogen, Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a paper published online ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity.


Researchers Identify Novel Virus that Could Cause Respiratory Disease in Ball Pythons

WASHINGTON, DC – September 9, 2014 – Researchers have identified a novel virus that could be the source of a severe, sometimes fatal respiratory disease that has been observed in captive ball pythons since the 1990s. The work is published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American...


Polyester Clothes Stink After Exercise; Cotton, Not So Much

WASHINGTON, DC – September 3, 2014 – Polyester clothes smell worse than cotton, following intensive exercise by their wearers, because bacteria that cause odor grow better on polyester, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.


American Society for Microbiology's Journals Score High in Latest Rankings

  WASHINGTON, DC – August 28, 2014 – The recently released 2013 Journal Citation Reports® confirm that the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) continues to be the authoritative source of high-impact research in microbiology. ASM publishes over 20% of all articles in the Microbiology category, while accounting for over 33% of all...


Common European MRSA Originated in Africa

WASHINGTON, DC – August 26, 2014 – The predominant strain of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infecting people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa derived from a single sub-Saharan ancestor, a team of international researchers reported this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.


New Biomarker Highly Promising for Predicting Breast Cancer Outcomes

WASHINGTON, DC – August 25, 2014 – A protein named p66ShcA shows promise as a biomarker to identify breast cancers with poor prognoses, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology.


ASM General Meeting and ICAAC Co-locate to Boston in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – August 19, 2014 – The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) announces that starting in 2016 the Society will co-locate its two major annual meetings, the General Meeting and the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC).   The first co-located GM /ICAAC will be held June 2016 in...


Single Enzyme Is Necessary for Development of Diabetes

WASHINGTON, DC – August 14, 2014 – An enzyme called 12-LO promotes the obesity-induced oxidative stress in the pancreatic cells that leads to pre-diabetes, and diabetes. 12-LO’s enzymatic action is the last step in the production of certain small molecules that harm the cell, according to a team from Indiana University...