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Pig microbiome makeup may influence animal growth rate

mBiosphere

Pig microbiome makeup may influence animal growth rate

Farmers want their livestock to put on weight quickly so they can increase profits when they sell their animals. A new Applied and Environmental Microbiology study reports a possible link...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Antibodies from elite HIV controllers activate the ADCC immune response

mBiosphere

Antibodies from elite HIV controllers activate the ADCC immune response

Elite controllers are HIV-infected individuals who maintain undetectable virus levels even when not administered antiretroviral drugs. Understanding how the immune system of these elite controllers acts against HIV may help...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Summertime, and the living is easily filled with ticks and mosquitos

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

Summertime, and the living is easily filled with ticks and mosquitos

Summertime brings people closer to the great outdoors - and to arthropods that can spread disease! In this week's Bugs & Drugs, we emphasize the importance of a full patient...

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications

Is calcium the key to controlling Clostridium difficile infection?

Microbial Sciences

Is calcium the key to controlling Clostridium difficile infection?

Intestinal calcium induces C. difficile spore germination. Modulating intestinal calcium levels could prophylactically prevent a dangerous nosocomial infection.

Ada Hagan - avatar Ada Hagan clostridium difficile

Gifted microbes and defensive symbiosis - TWiM 156

TWiM

Gifted microbes and defensive symbiosis - TWiM 156

The use of microbial genome mining to identify new drugs, and how a bacterial symbiont protects flies against parasitoid wasps.

Vincent Racaniello - avatar Vincent Racaniello Microbiology, TWiM, Drosophila, Spiroplasma

Malaria infection decreases immune response to bacterial infection

mBiosphere

Malaria infection decreases immune response to bacterial infection

Children with Plasmodium falciparum malaria are more susceptible to invasive infection with nontyphoidal Salmonella. A new Clinical and Vaccine Immunology report finds that the immune system of malaria-infected children has lower antibacterial...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

When a little bit of blood won't do: detecting bacteremia

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

When a little bit of blood won't do: detecting bacteremia

Bloodstream infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality, and identifying the causative organism(s) is critical. Can the most important step in this process really be as simple as...

Matthew Pettengill - avatar Matthew Pettengill

Career Advice for Early-Stage Clinical Microbiologists

Careers

Career Advice for Early-Stage Clinical Microbiologists

ASM asked six ASM members included in the ASCP's "40 Under Forty" listing of young, successful scientists,"what advice do you have for those considering a career in clinical microbiology? What...

ASM Careers - avatar ASM Careers

Honoring ASM members among the ASCP 40 under 40

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

Honoring ASM members among the ASCP 40 under 40

Several of the American Society for Clinical Pathology's "40 Under Forty"  include young, successful ASM members, and we here at Bugs & Drugs reached out to ask them about their...

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications

Living in the stomach of a cell - TWiM 155

TWiM

Living in the stomach of a cell - TWiM 155

Updates on Legionella in the Flint water supply, and how horizontally acquired biosynthesis genes boost the physiology of Coxiella burnetii.

Vincent Racaniello - avatar Vincent Racaniello

Controlling Mosquito Infection by Bacterial Manipulation: Using Bacteria to Control Mosquito-Borne Diseases

mBiosphere

Controlling Mosquito Infection by Bacterial Manipulation: Using Bacteria to…

Controlling mosquito-borne diseases comes in many formats, including manipulation of the bacterial endosymbiont found in many insects,  Wolbachia. A recent Journal of Virology article reports the ability of different strains...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Valuing and Rewarding Intangible Activities in Academic Careers

Careers

Valuing and Rewarding Intangible Activities in Academic Careers

The success of an academic researcher and career progression depends on quantifiable metrics like the number of grants, publications, presentations, posters, etc. However, researchers also engage in many other, less...

Adriana Bankston - avatar Adriana Bankston

Living Together Brings Couples' Microbiomes Together

Press Releases

Living Together Brings Couples' Microbiomes Together

Couples who live together share many things: Bedrooms, bathrooms, food, and even bacteria. Microbial ecologists at the University of Waterloo, in Canada, found that people who live together significantly influence...

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications microbiome, skin, built environment

Advancement Paths for Bench-Level Clinical Microbiologists

Careers

Advancement Paths for Bench-Level Clinical Microbiologists

Bench-level clinical microbiologists serve an important role in a clinical microbiology lab. They are often the first people to identify disease-causing pathogens, which helps medical staff with the treatment of...

Shilpa Gadwal - avatar Shilpa Gadwal

Coalition Letter on FY 2018 Funding for NSF

Statements and Testimony

Coalition Letter on FY 2018 Funding for NSF

The ASM signed onto a letter, as a member of the Coalition on National Science Funding (CNSF), to Congress urging them to maintain federal investments in America’s scientific and innovation...

Public and Scientific Affairs Board - avatar Public and Scientific Affairs Board Research and Development Budgets

Bioenergy Research Centers Selected for Continued Funding

Microbiology News

Bioenergy Research Centers Selected for Continued Funding

Department of Energy program to exploit biomass for fuels and biopoducts expanded to 4 centers 

Patrick Lacey - avatar Patrick Lacey

Multiplex Array White Paper: Clinical Utility of Multiplex Tests for Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Pathogens

Statements and Testimony

Multiplex Array White Paper: Clinical Utility of Multiplex Tests for Respir…

Christopher Doern and Duane Newton, members of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board, Laboratory Practices Committee authored the white paper “Clinical Utility of Multiplex Tests for Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Pathogens.” ...

Public and Scientific Affairs Board - avatar Public and Scientific Affairs Board Infectious Disease Laboratory Testing, Clinical Microbiology Resources, Clinical Microbiology

ASM Thanks House Appropriations Subcommittee for NIH Funding

Statements and Testimony

ASM Thanks House Appropriations Subcommittee for NIH Funding

The ASM sent a letter to the House Appropriations HHS Subcommittee thanking them for rejecting the 22 percent budget cut for NIH research that was proposed in the President’s budget. ...

Public and Scientific Affairs Board - avatar Public and Scientific Affairs Board

Statements and Testimony

ASM Thanks House Appropriations Committee for NIH Funding

The ASM sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee thanking them for rejecting the 22 percent budget cut for NIH research that was proposed in the President’s budget. The...

Heather Garvey - avatar Heather Garvey

Ben tenOever and RNA out - TWiV 450

TWiV

Ben tenOever and RNA out - TWiV 450

Ben tenOever joins TWiV to discuss the evolution of RNA interference and his lab’s finding that RNAse III nucleases, needed for the maturation of cellular RNAs, are an ancient antiviral...

Vincent Racaniello - avatar Vincent Racaniello Virology

Message Moderates Microbe Mortality - BacterioFiles 302

Bacteriofiles

Message Moderates Microbe Mortality - BacterioFiles 302

Filament-forming organisms help bacteria swim through soil and exchange genes with each other! Also, new feature: microbe of the episode!

Jesse Noar - avatar Jesse Noar Bacteria, viruses, quorum sensing

Biofilms differ in susceptibility to antibiotics

mBiosphere

Biofilms differ in susceptibility to antibiotics

Bacteria in attached biofilms have different characteristics than bacteria in planktonic culture, but neighbors can influence behavior too. A new Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy study reports that bacteria in biofilms...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

ASM Letter of Congratulations to New CDC Director

Statements and Testimony

ASM Letter of Congratulations to New CDC Director

The ASM sent a letter congratulating the new CDC Director, Brenda Fitzgerald on her recent appointment.

Public and Scientific Affairs Board - avatar Public and Scientific Affairs Board

 

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