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A new study suggests that coral reefs—already under existential threat from global warming—may be undergoing further damage from invading bacteria and fungi coming from land-based sources, such as outfall from sewage treatment plants and coastal inlets. The study raised the possibility that microbes from these sources are invading reefs off of the southeastern coast of Florida. The research is published this week in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. 

Antimicrobial resistance is an urgent global threat. Recognizing the significance of antimicrobial resistance across the spectrum of microbiology, the American Society for Microbiology established a new initiative to complement existing efforts, and provide a mechanism for moving research projects forward.

Scientists are searching for better antimicrobial therapies, diagnostic assays, and prevention tactics for the increasing issue of Clostridium difficile infection. This Hot Topics highlights ASM resources to stay up-to-date on the latest research.

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is deeply concerned that the Administration’s proposal to cut funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $5.8 billion, nearly a 20% reduction below the current level of funding.

In February, the American Academy of Microbiology elected 73 new Fellows. Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Researchers have demonstrated that the intestinal DNA damage induced by colibactin-producing Escherichia coli strains was exacerbated by the presence of the mycotoxin Deoxynivalenol (DON) in the diet.

A team of Swiss chemists and microbiologists have shown that a species of anaerobic bacterium can inhibit corrosion on archeological artifacts made of iron.

Monday, 06 March 2017 15:42

ASM on U.S. Immigration Policy Concerns

The mission of the ASM is to promote and advance the microbial sciences, in the United States and worldwide. ASM continues to champion science diplomacy and promote international partnerships in the sciences. 

 A team of investigators in China has discovered a new variant on a well-known gene that causes resistance to polymyxins and others. More troubling, the gene containing this mechanism was found in a healthy individual during a routine medical examination, suggesting that other healthy carriers may be spreading this resistance unknowingly.

The rare bacterial species in a microbial community—species that each make up rarely more than one tenth of one percent of the entire population—play a very important role in ecosystem health and stability.

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