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The Microbes Make the Sake Brewery

WASHINGTON, DC – July 24, 2014 – A sake brewery has its own microbial terroir, meaning the microbial populations found on surfaces in the facility resemble those found in the product, creating the final flavor according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. This is the...


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.


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,...


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.


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,...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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).