2009 Press Releases


Large-Scale Sequencing: The Future of Genomic Science?
Washington, DC – December 17, 2009 – Scientists can gain insights into new ways to use microorganisms in medicine and manufacturing through a coordinated large-scale effort to sequence the genomes of not just individual microorganisms but entire ecosystems, according to a new report from the American Academy of Microbiology that outlines recommendations for this massive effort.

Small Things Considered Wins Big at PRNews’ 2009 Nonprofit Awards
WASHINGTON, DC -- November 11, 2009 -
Small Things Considered, a microbiology blog published by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), has been honored with a non-profit public relations award from PR News for best blog.  The awards were announced at a luncheon held in Washington, DC, on November 3, 2009.


Effective Mechanisms to Cope with Antibiotic Resistance Must be Developed to Control Development of New Types of Resistance
Washington, DC – October 13, 2009 – The perception that antibiotic resistance is primarily the undesirable consequence of antibiotic abuse or misuse is a view that is simplistic and inaccurate, according to a recent report by the American Academy of Microbiology.  The reasons behind the spread of resistance are much more complex, including appropriate antibiotic use, lack of proper sanitation and hygiene, and even the environment.

American Society for Microbiology Partners with Peruvian University to Strengthen Infectious Disease Diagnosis in Resource-Limited Countries

WASHINGTON, DC – July 24, 2009 -- On July 9, 2009 in Lima, Peru, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) formalizing a relationship designed to help strengthen laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases in resource-limited and transitional countries.

Chronicle of a Century’s Search for an Elusive Malaria Vaccine
WASHINGTON, DC -- July 17, 2009 -- Malaria is one of humankind’s greatest killers, yet despite the best efforts of scientists, an effective vaccine is still not available to prevent it.  A new book from ASM Press, The Elusive Malaria Vaccine: Miracle or Mirage? tells the story of the search for a still unrealized vaccine.

American Society for Microbiology Makes Research Publications on Influenza A (H1N1) Freely Available
Washington, DC—May 4, 2009— Because of the current public health emergency and worldwide concern about Influenza A H1N1 (swine flu), the American Society for Microbiology has made articles on H1N1 published within the past 6 months, November 2008 to May 2009, in ASM’s Journal of Virology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy freely available online.

American Society for Microbiology Emphasizes Hand Hygiene As Flu Protective Measure
Washington, DC – May 1, 2009 -- As HINI influenza A (swine flu) spreads, keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to prevent infection and illness. “Frequent handwashing is probably the single most effective and simplest intervention you can do to protect yourself and your family,” according to Dr. Judy Daly, spokesperson for the American Society for Microbiology.

Seattle Times Reporters Win ASM Public Communications Award
Washington, DC – March 19, 2009 – The 2009 American Society for Microbiology Public Communication Award has been awarded to Seattle Times reporters Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong for their three-part investigation into methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Washington State hospitals. The series, entitled “Culture of Resistance,” highlights microbiology’s role in containing the spread of epidemics such as MRSA infection in hospitals.