2004 Press Releases

Systems Microbiology Has Great Scientific Promise in Health and Environment

WASHINGTON, DC -- December 20, 2004 -- A new report, released by the American Academy of Microbiology, examines the power of applying a systems approach to microbiology, which focuses on the properties of microorganisms that emerge from the interaction of genes, proteins, other molecules, cell organelles, and the environment. 

PRESS RELEASE -- Full Promise of Genomics in Disease Research Yet to be Realized
Washington, D.C., (August 5, 2004)
— Over the past decade genomics has revolutionized our understanding of how microorganisms cause disease.  However, genomic studies need to be extended to a more diverse array of microorganisms and research tools improved to gain additional insights into pathogenesis, according to a new report released by the American Academy of Microbiology.

PRESS RELEASE -- Viral Proteins May Prevent Bacterial Infections
KEY BISCAYNE, FL – August 5, 2004 --Researchers from Rockefeller University are enlisting proteins produced by viruses in a novel strategy that may someday help prevent bacterial infections in hospitals and nursing homes.

Reporters from Science Magazine to Receive American Society for Microbiology Public Communications Award
WASHINGTON, DC – April 7, 2004
– Two journalists from Science magazine have been named the recipients of the American Society for Microbiology 2004 Public Communications Award. The winning entry, written by Martin Enserink and Dennis Normile, is a two-part series, “SARS in China.” It focuses on China’s initial denial of the emerging epidemic and insistence that the cause was the Chlamydia bacterium despite research showing otherwise, and it provides an in-depth look at where the virus originated and how it developed in humans.

Symposium Focuses on Unique Challenges of Environmental Pathogens
SEATTLE, WA—February 14, 2004
—Human health requires the ability to withstand colonization and infiltration by a host of microorganisms from diverse environmental sources. How have these environmental pathogens gained the ability to infect us? What adaptations have they made to move between nonhuman and human environments? And how can we use our understanding of the environmental ecology of these organisms to limit human exposure to infectious disease and possible bioterror agents?

ASM Recommends Increased Funding for Research and Public Health Programs in FY2005
WASHINGTON, DC -- February 2, 2004 --
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is concerned about the 2.5 percent increase in funding proposed for the National Institutes of Health  (NIH) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 President’s budget submitted to Congress today. Inadequate funding for the NIH will impact research programs and slow important areas of research, diminishing the pursuit of scientific opportunities, discovery, and innovation to develop new medicines and diagnostics to improve public health.