ASM Communications Social Media Specialist Julie Wolf spent her research career focused on medical mycology and infectious disease. Broadly interested in microbiology and scientific communication, she has taught at Long Island University and the community biolab Genspace and has written for the Scientista Foundation and Scholastic’s Science World magazine. Follow her on Twitter for more ASM and Microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.
The HeLa cells derived from Henrietta Lacks have played a vital role in many scientific advances, including production of the polio vaccine. But the unethical manner in which they were collected raises questions on patients' rights, privacy, and other important issues - issues on which her family continues to educate, including at the 2016 ABRCMS meeting.
Microbial adaptations to climate change will affect all biomes in the greater ecosystem. A new Academy of Microbiology FAQ Report addresses areas undergoing environmental changes, how these changes influence microbial life, and the global impacts due to shifts in environmental microbiomes.
Though it's been less covered by major news outlets, Zika is still an important research topic. Scientists are working hard to understand Zika virus biology, transmission, and treatment. We round up the latest research reports on this still-emerging disease.
Several recently published mBio studies describe new mechanisms of intrinsic antibiotic resistance. These mechanisms may themselves become therapeutic targets to broaden the application of currently available drugs.
Despite omission by the WHO on its priority list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, drug-resistant M. tuberculosis is an enormous problem worldwide. To highlight this issue as part of World TB Day, we summarize research areas that address drug discovery and drug susceptibility testing.
Light exposure affects A. baumannii drug susceptibility and pathogenesis in vitro. A new Journal of Bacteriology study on the A. baumannii global transcriptional response during light exposure may explain these observations.
Two new Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy reports cover the effects of obesity on infectious disease. They find obesity affects the patient response to antibiotics and recommend modifications that might improve health outcomes based on body weight.
An Applied and Environmental Microbiology study found ubiquitous contamination of chicken products in the United States with clinically relevant E. coli strains, which has implications for urinary tract infection transmission. A new book from ASM Press describes UTIs in detail, from virulence mechanisms to clinical diagnoses and treatments.
How can you pinpoint the related presentations and poster sessions among the amazing basic, applied, and clinical microbial science research represented at the conference? The Scientific Tracks at Microbe are designed to help organize the amazing science presented at the meeting. We spoke with the Track Leaders to get a summary of the amazing science covered in each Track.
A new mSphere study finds an association between pregnant women with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infection and the risk of ASD in their children.