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Could Camel Antibodies Protect Humans from MERS?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 27, 2015 - Antibodies from dromedary camels protected uninfected mice from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and helped infected mice expunge the disease, according to a study published online March 18th in the Journal of Virology, a journal published by the American Society for Microbiology. MERS,...


A vineyard’s soil microbes shape the grapes’ microbial community

WASHINGTON, DC - March 24, 2015 - In the first study of an entire wine grapevine’s microbiome, researchers have found that the microbes associated with the grapes, leaves and flowers are largely derived from the soil microbes found around the plant’s roots. The findings, published in mBio the online open-access journal of the...


Malaria-Infected Cells Produce Odors Attractive to Mosquitoes

WASHINGTON, DC – March 24, 2015 – The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum produces chemical compounds called terpenes that give off odors that attract mosquitoes, according to new research. The study, published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, might explain why the insects...


New Molecular Tool Assesses Vaginal Microbiome Health, Diagnosis Infections—Fast

Washington, DC - March 19, 2015 -  A new microarray-based tool, called VaginArray, offers the potential to provide a fast, reliable and low-cost assessment of vaginal health and diagnoses of infections. The research is published ahead of print March 2, in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American...


American Society for Microbiology Receives Grant to Support the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

WASHINGTON, DC - March 3, 2015 - The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has received a $161,460 multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help support the research being presented at ASM’s Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). Through their Global Health Division, the foundation...


79 Fellows Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

In January of 2015, the American Academy of Microbiology elected 79 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. There are over 2,400 Fellows. They represent all subspecialties of microbiology, including...


Drug targeting ebola virus protein VP24 shows promise in monkeys

WASHINGTON, DC - February 10, 2015 - An experimental medication that targets a protein in Ebola virus called VP24 protected 75% of a group of monkeys that were studied from Ebola virus infection, according to new research conducted by the U.S. Army, in collaboration with Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. The study...


Birth Method, Gestation Duration May Alter Infants’ Gut Microbiota and Influence Later Health

WASHINGTON, DC – February 3, 2015 – Environmental factors like mode of delivery and duration of gestation may affect how infants’ gut bacteria mature, and that rate could help predict later body fat, international researchers from the EpiGen consortium have found in collaboration with scientists at Nestlé Research Center in...


Experimental Approach to Flu Prevention Could Block Multiple Strains

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20, 2015 - A new biologic drug prevented death when administered to mice a week in advance of lethal challenge with influenza H7N9, a disease that has shown a  roughly 30 percent mortality rate in humans. The biologic had previously proven protective in mice against the pandemic...


Buffer Zone Guidelines May Be Inadequate to Protect Produce From Feedlot Contamination

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 23, 2014 - The pathogen Escherichia coli O157:H7 can spread, likely airborne, more than one tenth mile downwind from a cattle feedlot onto nearby produce, according to a paper published ahead of print in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The high percentages of leafy greens contaminated with E....