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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...


Highly Drug Resistant, Virulent Strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Arises in Ohio

WASHINGTON, DC – August 11, 2014 – A team of clinician researchers has discovered a highly virulent, multidrug resistant form of the pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in patient samples in Ohio. Their investigation suggests that the particular genetic element involved, which is still rare in the United States, has been spreading heretofore unnoticed,...


C. difficile Vaccine Proves Safe, 100 Percent Effective In Animal Models

WASHINGTON, DC – July 31, 2014 – An experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of animal models against the highly infectious and virulent bacterium, Clostridium difficile, which causes an intestinal disease that kills approximately 30,000 Americans annually. The research is published ahead of print in Infection and Immunity.


New Route to Identify Drugs That Can Fight Bacterial Infections

WASHINGTON, DC — July 29, 2014—About 100 drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for other purposes can also prevent the growth of certain bacterial pathogens inside human cells, including those that cause Legionnaires’ disease, brucellosis, and Mediterranean spotted fever. The findings, published in mBio®, the online open-access...


The Microbes Make the Sake Brewery

WASHINGTON, DC – July 24, 2014 – A sake brewery has its own microbial terroir, meaning the microbial populations found on surfaces in the facility resemble those found in the product, creating the final flavor according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. This is the...


Report on Viruses Looks Beyond Disease

WASHINGTON, DC – July 22, 2014 – In contrast to their negative reputation as disease causing agents, some viruses can perform crucial biological and evolutionary functions that help to shape the world we live in today, according to a new report by the American Academy of Microbiology.