ASM News, Journal Articles and Updates

Branch Meetings Calendar

ASM members can now access information regarding upcoming Branch meetings through the Membership Branch Meetings Page. For more information, go to the Branch Meetings Calendar.  

New Academy Report

“Microbial Communities: From Life Apart to Life Together,” is a new Academy report that discusses issues surrounding microbial communities and their role in human health, industrial processes, and ecological functions, with recommendations for future research, education, and collaboration. To download the report, go to the Academy.

Audioconferences Available in Online Streaming Format

The ASM Audioconference, “Update on the NCCLS Guidelines for Antimycobacterial Susceptibility Testing of the Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria,” presented on Wednesday, November 12, 2003, is available in an on-line web-streaming broadcast format. Scientists interested in listening to this presentation may register though the indicated link. There is a fee to listen to the broadcast, the fifteenth in this series. To download the program, go to index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23000. The Audioconference "Pharmacodynamics for the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory," originally scheduled for presentation on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 was presented on Monday, November 24, 2003. It will be converted to the on-line format as soon as possible. Program information for the 2004 Audioconference Program is now available.

Information on ASM’s 2004 Meetings Posted

The 104th General Meeting Preliminary Program was mailed to all ASM members on December 2. The web version of the program, in addition to electronic registration for the meeting, is now available at index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=697. The meeting is taking place in New Orleans, LA, May 23-27, 2004,

Abstract and Registration information on ASM’s 2004 Biodefense Research Meeting, in Baltimore, Maryland scheduled for March 7-10, is available at http://www.asmbiodefense.org.  

Several other ASM conferences have been announced on ASM’s website, including the ASM Conference on Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria, the Conference on Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics Approaches to Infectious Disease Research, Extemophiles 2004: 5th International Conference on Extremophiles, Conference on Signal Transduction in Viral Systems, Conference on Candida and Candidiasis, Conference on New Phage Biology, and, the Conference on Integrating Metabolism and Genomics Conference on DNA Repair and Mutagenesis: From Molecular Structure to Biological Consequences. Information on ASM conferences can be found at: index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=703.  

ASM Journal Articles of Interest

Triclosan: The Next New Drug?

The antibacterial compound triclosan, used in dermatological and oral hygiene products as well as antibacterial soaps and cleaner, shows promise as a drug for treating systemic bacterial infections say researchers from India. Their findings appear in the December 2003 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Identified Gene May Contribute to Salmonella in Eggs

Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley have identified a gene that may allow salmonella bacteria to contaminate chicken eggs. Their findings appear in the December 2003 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity.

The Dark Side of Good Bacteria

Beneficial bacteria in the small intestine may be helping more than just the human host they inhabit. They may also help the bacterium that causes typhoid to invade the cells lining the small intestine, say researchers from Harvard Medical School in the November 2003 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity.

To read abstracts and articles, go to the ASM Journal Tipsheets webpage.

ASM News Articles of Interest

-Commensal Flora May Play Key Role in Spreading Antibiotic Resistance, December ‘03
-Antibiotics, Complexity, and Evolution, November ‘03
-Francisella tularensis: an Overview, November ‘03

To download articles, go to  ASM News, and scroll down to “Features” after logging in with your user name and password. (For November articles, click on “Archives,” and then, click on “November 03”)

New from ASM Press
ASM Science

ASM Press recently published, “Principles of Virology: Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis, and Control of Animal Viruses, Second Edition,” by S. J. Flint, Princeton University; L. W. Enquist, Princeton University; V. R. Racaniello, Columbia University; A. M. Skalka, Fox Chase Cancer Center. The book is completely revised and updated to reflect important advances in the field, Principles of Virology, Second Edition. It continues to fill the gap between simple introductory texts and very advanced reviews of major virus families, introducing upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students to all aspects of virology. The second edition retains all of the defining and much-praised features of the first edition, focusing on concepts and principles and presenting a comprehensive treatment from molecular biology to pathogenesis and infection control. Written in an engagingly readable style and generously illustrated with over 400 full-color illustrations, this approachable volume offers detailed examples that illustrate common principles, specific strategies adopted by different viruses to ensure their reproduction, and the current state of virology research. The text focuses on concepts and principles and covers not only aspects of molecular biology, but also pathogenesis, evolution, emergence, and control, and will also be a valuable resource for practicing physicians and scientists.

ASM Press also recently released “Origins of Molecular Biology: A Tribute to Jacques Monod,” edited by Agnes Ullmann. A collection of personal accounts from friends and colleagues, this revised volume offers the reader a glimpse of the charismatic personality of Jacques Monod. His skills as a theoretician, experimentalist, administrator, and mentor appear often and powerfully in many of these essays. Each chapter reveals the excitement and camaraderie of Monod's laboratory and the compelling fascination of the birth and development of concepts, the building of a discipline. Dozens of personal photographs of Monod and his colleagues are included, with thumbnail biographies of the contributors, eminent scientists in their own right. This book enriches modern biologists, and nonscientists as well, with an understanding of defining events of the past.

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