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Report on Viruses Looks Beyond Disease

WASHINGTON, DC – July 22, 2014 – In contrast to their negative reputation as disease causing agents, some viruses can perform crucial biological and evolutionary functions that help to shape the world we live in today, according to a new report by the American Academy of Microbiology.

07-22-2014

MERS Coronavirus Detected in the Air of a Saudi Arabian Camel Barn

WASHINGTON, DC – July 22, 2014 – Saudi Arabian researchers have detected genetic fragments of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the air of a barn holding a camel infected with the virus. The work, published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology,...

07-22-2014

Investigators Identify Genes That Contribute to Radiation Resistance

WASHINGTON, DC – July 21, 2014 – A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin have identified 46 genes in Escherichia coli that are necessary for its survival at exceptionally high levels of radiation. The paper appears ahead of print in the Journal of Bacteriology.

07-21-2014

Potential New Flu Drugs Target Immune Response, Not Virus

WASHINGTON, DC – July 21, 2014 -- The seriousness of disease often results from the strength of immune response, rather than with the virus, itself. Turning down that response, rather than attacking the virus, might be a better way to reduce that severity, says Juliet Morrison of the University of Washington,...

07-21-2014

Little Too Late: Researchers Identify Disease That May Have Plagued 700-Year-Old Skeleton

WASHINGTON, DC – July 15, 2014 – European researchers have recovered a genome of the bacterium Brucella melitensis from a 700-year-old skeleton found in the ruins of a Medieval Italian village.

07-15-2014

Study Reveals Fungus in Yogurt Outbreak Poses a Threat to Consumers

WASHINGTON, DC – July 8, 2014 – The fungus responsible for an outbreak of contaminated Greek yogurt last year is not harmless after all but a strain with the ability to cause disease, according to research published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

07-08-2014

Novel Intravaginal Ring Shows Promise For HIV Prevention

WASHINGTON, DC – July 2, 2014 – A novel intravaginal ring implanted with anti-retroviral drug tablets, or pods, demonstrated sustained and controlled drug release and safety over 28 days, according to a paper published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The ring, designed to prevent transmission of HIV, was tested...

07-02-2014

Foodborne Bacteria Can Cause Disease in Some Breeds of Chickens After All

WASHINGTON, DC – July 1, 2014 – Contrary to popular belief, the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni is not a harmless commensal in chickens but can cause disease in some breeds of poultry according to research published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

07-01-2014

Donohue Becomes President of the American Society for Microbiology

WASHINGTON, DC – July 1, 2014 – As of July 1, 2014, University of Wisconsin-Madison bacteriology professor Timothy J. Donohue will become president of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

07-01-2014

Bacterial Colonies Evolve Amazing Diversity

WASHINGTON, DC – June 30, 2014 – Like human societies--think New York City--bacterial colonies have immense diversity among their inhabitants, often generated in the absence of specific selection pressures, according to a paper published ahead of print in the Journal of Bacteriology.

06-30-2014

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Report on Viruses Looks Beyond Disease

WASHINGTON, DC – July 22, 2014 – In contrast to their negative reputation as disease causing agents, some viruses can perform crucial biological and evolutionary functions that help to shape the world we live in today, according to a new report by the American Academy of Microbiology.

07-22-2014

Donohue Becomes President of the American Society for Microbiology

WASHINGTON, DC – July 1, 2014 – As of July 1, 2014, University of Wisconsin-Madison bacteriology professor Timothy J. Donohue will become president of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

07-01-2014

ASM and ISC Announce Joint ICAAC/ICC Meeting in 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – May 10, 2014 – The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the International Society of Chemotherapy for Infection and Cancer (ISC) announce an agreement to hold the ASM's Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) and the ISC's International Congress of Chemotherapy (ICC) as a joint meeting...

05-09-2014

Rethink Education to Fuel Bioeconomy Says Report

WASHINGTON, DC – April 15, 2014 – Microbes can be highly efficient, versatile and sophisticated manufacturing tools, and have the potential to form the basis of a vibrant economic sector.  In order to take full advantage of the opportunity microbial-based industry can offer, though, educators need to rethink how future microbiologists...

04-15-2014

Intranasal Vaccine Protects Mice against West Nile Infection

WASHINGTON, DC – January 28, 2013 – Researchers from Duke University have developed a nasal vaccine formulation that provides protective immunity against West Nile virus (WNV) infection in mice after only 2 doses.  They present their findings at the 2014 American Society for Microbiology Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting.

01-27-2014

Bacterial Toxin a Potential Trigger for Multiple Sclerosis

WASHINGTON, DC – January 28, 2014 –  Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have added to the growing body of evidence that multiple sclerosis may be triggered by a toxin produced by common foodborne bacteria. The presented their research at the 2014 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting.

01-27-2014

ASM Statement on the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – January 17, 2014 – The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the largest single life sciences Society with 39,000 members, commends Congress on the passage of the omnibus spending bill funding the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year 2014.  The passage of this bill represents a...

01-17-2014

Cultures: A Small Magazine Tackling Big Issues

WASHINGTON, DC -- January 13, 2014 -- The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) announces a new quarterly publication, Cultures, that explores the intersection of science, policy, and the global challenges we all share by bringing diverse voices to a common platform.

01-13-2014

Report Answers Questions about the Human Microbiome and Its Role in Health, Obesity

WASHINGTON, DC – January 9, 2014 – The human microbiome, the collection of trillions of microbes living in and on the human body, is not random, and scientists believe that it plays a role in many basic life processes. As science continues to explore and better understand the role of the...

01-09-2014

New Drug Candidates Show Promise for Cure for Chagas Disease

WASHINGTON, DC – December 26, 2013 – A team of researchers from Canada has developed a class of compounds which may help eradicate a neglected tropical disease that is currently hard to kill in its chronic form. The research was published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

12-23-2013

 

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