American Society for Microbiology Expands Free Public Access to Research Articles on Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli

CONTACT:  Jim Sliwa


WASHINGTON, DC -- July 7, 2011 -- The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is expanding the library of free articles on enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli to include all recently published research journal articles on Shiga toxin-producing strains.  These articles may be accessed through the ASM Journals webpage at


In response to the recent deadly outbreaks in Europe last month, the ASM Publications Board decided to make the additional research articles freely available to investigators around the world.  Under normal circumstances, ASM journal articles are made freely available 6 months after publication.


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The American Society for Microbiology, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the largest single life science association, with approximately 40,000 members worldwide. Its members work in educational, research, industrial, and government settings on issues such as the environment, the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, laboratory and diagnostic medicine, and food and water safety.  The ASM’s mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well being worldwide.