2005 Press Releases

Understanding the Oceans Microbes is Key to the Earth’s Future
Washington, DC – December 7, 2005 – Life on Earth may owe its existence to tiny microorganisms living in the oceans, but the effect of human-induced change on the vital services these microbes perform for the planet remains largely unstudied, says a report released today by the American Academy of Microbiology, entitled Marine Microbial Diversity: The Key to Earth’s Habitability.

Complementary New Titles Offer Comprehensive View of Antibiotics and Resistance
WASHINGTON, DC -- October 17, 2005 -- Taken together, two new titles from ASM Press provide a complete encyclopedic reference on antibiotics and the strategies microorganisms have developed to resist them.

Report Focuses on Challenges to Unlocking Future Promise of Vaccines
Washington, DC – October 7, 2005 – Vaccines have helped eradicate and tame some of history’s worst infectious diseases, but there are many more diseases out there that vaccines can help overcome. The challenges society needs to confront to unlock the future promise of vaccines against the plagues of the 21st century are the focus of a new report by the American Academy of Microbiology.

Women Better at Hand Hygiene Habits, Hands Down
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 21, 2005 – Ninety-one percent of American adults say they always wash their hands after using public restrooms. But just 83 percent actually did so, according to a separate observational study.

Hurricane Aftermath: Infectious Disease Threats From Common, Not Exotic, Diseases
Washington, DC--September 13, 2005--In the wake of Katrina, the public health threats from infectious diseases in hurricane-devastated areas are more likely to come from milder, more common infections rather than exotic diseases. These common infections can often be prevented using simple hygiene measures and a little common sense.

ASM Launches Daily Podcast of MicrobeWorld Radio
WASHINGTON, DC — August 8, 2005 — Daily episodes of the American Society for Microbiology’s MicrobeWorld Radio show can now be automatically delivered to home computers and portable digital audio devices by subscribing to MicrobeWorld Radio’s podcast at www.microbeworld.org.

Report Recommends Renewed Focus on Food and Agriculture Research
WASHINGTON, DC – August 3, 2005 – Despite the ever-present threats to the food supply posed by disease, spoilage and the specter of agroterrorism, commitment to and research in food and agricultural microbiology is on the decline, according to a report by the American Academy of Microbiology entitled Research Opportunities in Food and Agriculture Microbiology.

Biotech Text Connects Science with Society for Non-Biologists
WASHINGTON, DC, -- July 19, 2005--A new biotechnology text from ASM Press not only explains the science but helps to put it into the context of modern society.  Biology and Biotechnology: Science, Applications and Issues offers an inviting exploration of biotechnology, carefully blending science, consumer applications, regulatory information, and social issues. 

New Book Explains Antibiotic Resistance For A Broad Audience
WASHINGTON, DC -- May 13, 2005 -- Media coverage about “superbugs” that defy current treatments has increased the public’s awareness of and fears surrounding the issue of antibiotic resistance.  A new book from ASM Press, Revenge of the Microbes:  How Bacterial Resistance is Undermining the Antibiotic Miracle, provides an in-depth overview of the subject in a reader-friendly, comprehensible style that will engage everyone from scientists to everyday citizens.

Scientific Integrity Text Adds Website Support to New Edition
WASHINGTON, DC – May 13, 2005 -- The latest edition of a textbook on scientific ethics from ASM Press comes with the added bonus of a continually updated website containing links to online resources for both students and instructors.  Scientific Integrity: Texts and Cases in Responsible Conduct of Research, 3rd Edition, presents an important revision of a best-selling text in the expanding field of responsible conduct of research training.

ASM Undergraduate Educators Conference Scheduled for June at Emory
Washington, DC – May 12, 2005 – The 12th annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) will be held June 3-5, 2005 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  The conference features outstanding plenary speakers and concurrent sessions designed to have attendees learn and share the latest information in microbiology and education research.

Report Suggests Infectious Connection to Chronic Diseases
WASHINGTON, DC – April 22, 2005 – The aging population increase in the US and throughout the developed world appears to correlate with a switch from acute infectious diseases to chronic diseases as the major cause of morbidity and mortality. Some diseases like ulcers and certain types of cancer, once thought to be primarily related to lifestyle factors, are now known to be caused by microorganisms, and many more syndromes, including some psychiatric conditions, may have a connection to infection, according to a report released today by the American Academy of Microbiology.

Report Highlights Diseases from the Environment
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 4, 2005 – While many infectious diseases are caused by human-to-human transmission, others are caused by microorganisms that exist in the outside environment.  Scientists from a variety of fields, including medicine and the environment, must work together to address the challenges posed by these environmental pathogens, according to a new report, From Outside to Inside: Environmental Microorganisms as Human Pathogens, released today by the American Academy of Microbiology.

New Book Looks at Ecosystem of Mucous Membranes
WASHINGTON, DC – February 17, 2005--A new book from ASM Press highlights the codependent relationship that has evolved between mammals and microbes in the mucous membranes.  Colonization of Mucosal Surfaces provides an in-depth look at the complex ecosystems of mammalian mucosa and examines mechanisms adapted by microorganisms to colonize these surfaces effectively.

ASM Recommends Increased Funding for Research and Public Health Programs in FY 2006
WASHINGTON, DC -- February 7, 2005 -- The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the largest single life sciences society with 43,000 members, recommends strong growth in the fiscal year (FY) 2006 budget for key federal agencies supporting biomedical and basic research in the sciences as well as critical public health programs.

Report Addresses Safety Problem in Preharvest Stage of Food Production
WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 07, 2005 – Food in the preharvest stage is more vulnerable to contamination than food in the processing and packaging stages of production, because of environmental variability and our inability to control it, according to a new report released by the American Academy of Microbiology.

American Academy of Microbiology Report Proposes Initiative to Interpret Genome Data
WASHINGTON, DC – January 21, 2005 -- While large-scale genomic sequencing technologies over the past decade have given scientists databases filled with the complete genomes of hundreds of organisms, not enough is being done to interpret all that data by assigning functions to sequenced genes (annotation), according to a report released today by the American Academy of Microbiology.

Book Explores Impact of Viruses on Evolution
WASHINGTON, DC – January 11, 2005 -- A new book, published by ASM Press, focuses on the role that viruses have played and continue to play in the evolution of life.  Viruses and the Evolution of Life offers the informed reader a new perspective on  evolution  and the expert reader discussions of specific scientific literature.