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Bottoms up! Discover the microbes in Probiotic Drinks

Microbial Sciences

Bottoms up! Discover the microbes in Probiotic Drinks

Written by: Juliana Ansari | What microbes live in your probiotic drinks? We take a closer look at the microbes found inside common probiotic drinks such as kombucha, including Saccharomyces...

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications Probiotics, Food Microbiology

Eucalyptus compound inhibits Candida biofilms

mBiosphere

Eucalyptus compound inhibits Candida biofilms

Fungal infections, like those caused by Candida albicans, are a serious clinical problem. Systemic candidiasis can result from fungal biofilms growing on plastic indwelling devices. A new Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Journal of Clinical Microbiology EIC Alexander McAdam Talks JCM Past, Present, and Future

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

Journal of Clinical Microbiology EIC Alexander McAdam Talks JCM Past, Prese…

The Journal of Clinical Microbiology publishes everything clinical, from applications of new diagnostic technologies to global epidemiological reports. On this week's Bugs & Drugs, we spoke with JCM Editor-in-Chief Alexander...

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications

The bottom line - TWiM 158

TWiM

The bottom line - TWiM 158

A report on prokaryotic viral DNA in mammalian brain, and how diarrhea is beneficial, by clearing enteric pathogens.

Vincent Racaniello - avatar Vincent Racaniello TWiM, bacteriophage, Microbiology, microbiome

Mix-and-match vaccine hopes to curtail outbreaks in livestock

mBiosphere

Mix-and-match vaccine hopes to curtail outbreaks in livestock

Foot and mouth disease remains a threat to livestock. A Journal of Virology report describes a new chimeric vaccine scheme that can mix-and-match to protect against different serotypes. The research...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Have Microscope … Will Travel

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

Have Microscope … Will Travel

Interested in applying your laboratory skills in resource-limited areas? Volunteer work can be very fulfilling. Opportunities and experiences are discussed in this week's Bugs & Drugs.

Audrey Schuetz  - avatar Audrey Schuetz

C. auris survives on plastic

mBiosphere

C. auris survives on plastic

The emerging multidrug-resistant fungal pathogen Candida auris has caused outbreaks in several healthcare facilities. New research from the Journal of Clinical Microbiology suggests the fungus can survive for weeks on plastic surfaces...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Interpreting the uninterpretable: testing drug/bug combinations without a breakpoint

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

Interpreting the uninterpretable: testing drug/bug combinations without a b…

How does one interpret an MIC if there is no clinical breakpoint for the tested drug/bug combination? Some tools, including the epidemiological cut-off value and PK/PD breakpoints can help!

Romney Humphries - avatar Romney Humphries

Little cross-resistance observed in clinical colistin-resistant isolates

mBiosphere

Little cross-resistance observed in clinical colistin-resistant isolates

Colistin acts by interacting with the bacterial envelope via charge interactions, a very similar mechanism to how host antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and bacterial membranes interact. A new Antimicrobial Agents and...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

8 Tips to Help You Begin Writing Your Paper

Careers

8 Tips to Help You Begin Writing Your Paper

For scientists it is imperative to relay your research to your colleagues through published papers.  But what if you find the idea of writing overwhelming – daunting even?  You struggle...

ASM Careers - avatar ASM Careers

TMI: Deciding Whether to Include MIC Values in Susceptibility Reports

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

TMI: Deciding Whether to Include MIC Values in Susceptibility Reports

When laboratories provide susceptibility reports to clinicians, they must decide whether to include minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) or to report categorical interpretations (such as susceptible or resistant) alone. In some...

Thea Brennan-Krohn - avatar Thea Brennan-Krohn

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

Simplified Stable Soil Symbiosis - BacterioFiles 307

Bacteriofiles

Simplified Stable Soil Symbiosis - BacterioFiles 307

A stable community of only 7 bacteria around corn roots take on similar functions to the much more diverse soil community!

Jesse Noar - avatar Jesse Noar Bacteria, rhizosphere, microbiota

FoR Changing Science: From Academia for Nonprofit

Careers

FoR Changing Science: From Academia for Nonprofit

Gary McDowell had a highly productive scientific career that included studying at the University of Cambridge and two postdocs in Boston. He discovered that research can be highly competitive and...

Alireza Edraki - avatar Alireza Edraki

Epigenetic Drugs Show Promise as Antivirals

Press Releases

Epigenetic Drugs Show Promise as Antivirals

Some epigenetic pharmaceuticals have the potential to be used as broad spectrum antivirals, according to a study reported in a recent issue of the journal mBio. The study demonstrated that...

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications

Microbes Moderate Metabolic Maladjustment - BacterioFiles 306

Bacteriofiles

Microbes Moderate Metabolic Maladjustment - BacterioFiles 306

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, microbiome, metabolic syndrome

Discovering the unknown world of crop plant biodiversity

Microbial Sciences

Discovering the unknown world of crop plant biodiversity

Written by: Lori R. Shapiro | Few of us harvest our own crops, milk our own cows, or ferment our own beverages. Our foods and drinks arrive at stores or...

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications Food Microbiology, citizen science

Plastic Films Incorporating N-Halamines Could Sanitize Food Production Facilities

Press Releases

Plastic Films Incorporating N-Halamines Could Sanitize Food Production Faci…

Specially designed plastic films can prevent bacterial contamination in the food and biomedical industries, according to research published August 11 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications

ASM Weighs In on Clinical Laboratory Test Prices

Statements and Testimony

ASM Weighs In on Clinical Laboratory Test Prices

ASM submitted comments to CMS on payment for new codes which will be included in the 2018 Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS). New codes considered included detection of antibiotic...

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

Working in Public Health at the State Level

Careers

Working in Public Health at the State Level

Who are public health professionals and what do they do? What can you do to get into a public health career? We interviewed Dr. Denise Toney, a Director of the...

Lisa Kozlowski - avatar Lisa Kozlowski

Neurovirology with Diane Griffin - TWiV 453

TWiV

Neurovirology with Diane Griffin - TWiV 453

From the Vector-Borne Viruses Symposium in Hamilton, Montana, Dickson and Vincent speak with Diane Griffin about her career and her work on understanding viral infections of the central nervous system.

Vincent Racaniello - avatar Vincent Racaniello neurovirology, Virology

Defensive Disordered Desiccation - BacterioFiles 305

Bacteriofiles

Defensive Disordered Desiccation - BacterioFiles 305

Tardigrades have an interesting way of surviving complete drying out: by producing proteins lacking a stable structure!

Jesse Noar - avatar Jesse Noar tardigrade, protein folding, Evolution, Extremophiles

Sandy Beach Microbes: the Good, the Bad, and the Flesh-eating

Microbial Sciences

Sandy Beach Microbes: the Good, the Bad, and the Flesh-eating

What you should know about the microbes you interact with on the beach: some are good, and some downright terrifying.

Monika Buczek - avatar Monika Buczek Fungi, beach microbes, Parasites

5 Tips on Giving Student Researchers Useful Feedback

Teaching Microbiology

5 Tips on Giving Student Researchers Useful Feedback

Regular and useful feedback heightens students’ motivation and strengthens the mentor/mentee relationship; the yield from this relationship will have a lasting influence on the student’s future. Regular feedback also instills...

Education - avatar Education Education

 

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