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Decreasing MRSA rates provide positive reinforcement for antibiotic stewardship efforts

mBiosphere

Decreasing MRSA rates provide positive reinforcement for antibiotic steward…

The efforts of antibiotic stewardship campaigns are starting to show positive results in the clinic. These trends can serve as motivation to all to continue education campaigns for appropriate use...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Celebrating Successes and Contemplating Messes in Bacterial Taxonomy

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

Celebrating Successes and Contemplating Messes in Bacterial Taxonomy

Molecular techniques allow us to determine bacterial relatedness in ways previous generations couldn’t, and because of this, several species have been renamed or recategorized in recent years. However, this can...

Audrey Schuetz  - avatar Audrey Schuetz

Using skin microbiomes for forensic human identification

mBiosphere

Using skin microbiomes for forensic human identification

Can the microbiome be used for forensic purposes? The skin microbiome is fairly stable, and a new Applied and Environmental Microbiology report assesses the use of genetic markers in the...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Autophagy, Colorectal Cancer, and Chemotherapy

Microbial Sciences

Autophagy, Colorectal Cancer, and Chemotherapy

Scientists at U of Michigan discover how microbes may lower the effectiveness of chemotherapy for colorectal cancer.

Jennifer Brubaker - avatar Jennifer Brubaker

Microbial Reefs of New York

Microbial Sciences

Microbial Reefs of New York

Exotic microbial structures are probably growing closer to home than you think. The microbial reefs of New York are one such example – what can you find near you?

Scott Chimileski - avatar Scott Chimileski microbial sciences, biofilm, microbial ecology

New tools to investigate influenza virus targets

mBiosphere

New tools to investigate influenza virus targets

How do we know which cells and what species are susceptible to viral infection? One way is to look for the presence of the viral receptor, if known. Sialic acid...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Nothing New Under the Sun: Detecting Babesia as it Reemerges

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

Nothing New Under the Sun: Detecting Babesia as it Reemerges

While Lyme disease is the tick-borne illness people associate most readily with deer tick bites, the incidence of Babesia microti in the Northeast US has been increasing steadily. There are...

Thea Brennan-Krohn - avatar Thea Brennan-Krohn

Comparing molecular methods to detect HIV drug susceptibility status

mBiosphere

Comparing molecular methods to detect HIV drug susceptibility status

Determining the susceptibility of HIV to antiretroviral drugs is important for getting patients the right combination of ART. A new Journal of Clinical Microbiology compares next-generation sequencing to traditional Sanger...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Lizard-tailed squirrels: Do taxonomical challenges influence antimicrobial breakpoints?

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

Lizard-tailed squirrels: Do taxonomical challenges influence antimicrobial …

Taxonomic splitting of bacterial species can change AST recommendation. What should clinical microbiologists do when new species are assigned to the Enterobacteriaceae or when species are renamed? Romney Humphries addresses this problem in...

Romney Humphries - avatar Romney Humphries

Listeria biofilms resist disinfectants

mBiosphere

Listeria biofilms resist disinfectants

Cleaning and disinfecting food prep surfaces is vital to minimize the risk of foodborne pathogen contamination. A new Applied and Environmental Microbiology article shows that well-known foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes resists removal...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

The latest research on two-component signaling, now available from the Journal of Bacteriology

mBiosphere

The latest research on two-component signaling, now available from the Jour…

Two-component signaling is important for many bacterial activities, including movement, growth, differentiation, and metabolism, among others. The latest Special Issue of the Journal of Bacteriology highlights recent advances in two-component signaling...

Julie Wolf - avatar Julie Wolf

Fostering a culture of safety in the microbiology lab

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

Fostering a culture of safety in the microbiology lab

Recent outbreaks in clinical and teaching microbiology labs emphasize the importance of good biosafety practices. This week we provide resources to help brush up on biosafety, one of the most...

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications

Antibiotics and Biocidal Cleaners May Spread Multidrug Resistance in MRSA

Press Releases

Antibiotics and Biocidal Cleaners May Spread Multidrug Resistance in MRSA

Antibiotic use on people or pets, and use of biocidal cleaning products such as bleach, are associated with multidrug resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the home. This contamination...

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications

Eros, a bacterial aphrodisiac - TWiM 161

TWiM

Eros, a bacterial aphrodisiac - TWiM 161

A discussion of Hurricane Harvey microbiology, and a bacterial enzyme that induces eukaryotic mating.

Vincent Racaniello - avatar Vincent Racaniello TWiM, Microbiology, podcast

Compelling Cover Letters for Tenure-Track Faculty Applications

Careers

Compelling Cover Letters for Tenure-Track Faculty Applications

In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we are giving back to our wonderful postdocs by providing tips for writing a cover letter for faculty applications. Although, there are many...

ASM Careers - avatar ASM Careers

Polio turns over a new leaf - TWiV 459

TWiV

Polio turns over a new leaf - TWiV 459

Review of the first FDA approved gene therapy, accidental exposure to poliovirus type 2 in a manufacturing plant, and production of a candidate poliovirus vaccine in plants.

Vincent Racaniello - avatar Vincent Racaniello TWiV, podcast

Retrovirus endógenos:  herramienta útil para la paleovirología con Jessica Rivera Perez

Mundo de los Microbios

Retrovirus endógenos: herramienta útil para la paleovirología con Jessica …

En el episodio de hoy tenemos a la Dra. Jessica Rivera Pérez, recientemente graduada de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.  Jessica nos habla sobre sus experiencias como estudiante en Puerto...

Gary Toranzos - avatar Gary Toranzos Mundo de los Microbios, podcast

Prodigious Particles Produce Proteins - BacterioFiles 310

Bacteriofiles

Prodigious Particles Produce Proteins - BacterioFiles 310

Newly discovered giant viruses almost build their own replication machinery instead of using their host's!

Jesse Noar - avatar Jesse Noar viruses, megavirus, mimivirus, translation, protein

Coalition Letter on DACA and Health Care Workforce

Statements and Testimony

Coalition Letter on DACA and Health Care Workforce

The ASM joined over 50 health care organizations in a letter to Congressional Leadership asking that they ensure that all members of the health care workforce with Deferred Action for...

Public and Scientific Affairs Board - avatar Public and Scientific Affairs Board Visa Information

ASM Provides Help for Cyclospora Lab Identification

Statements and Testimony

ASM Provides Help for Cyclospora Lab Identification

Marc Couturier and Laura Filkins, members of the PSAB Committee on Laboratory Practices, authored a document entitled “Cyclospora Detection and Reporting from Clinical Samples” to assist our members in identifying...

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

Increase Your Science Literacy with 5 Online Tools

Careers

Increase Your Science Literacy with 5 Online Tools

Modern technology and social media are not only there to tell you what your cousin had for lunch; they can increase your scientific knowledge. Here are 5 online tools that...

Alireza Edraki - avatar Alireza Edraki

Announcing the 2018 ASM Award Winners

ASM News

Announcing the 2018 ASM Award Winners

The 2018 American Society for Microbiology awards in basic research, applied research, clinical research, education, and service have now been announced.

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications

Household Environment—Not Genetics—Shapes Salivary Microbes

Press Releases

Household Environment—Not Genetics—Shapes Salivary Microbes

Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that the mix of microorganisms that inhabit a person’s saliva are largely determined by the human host’s household. The study, published this week...

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications microbiome, Environment

In Case You Missed It: Hot Topics in Clinical Microbiology

Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs

In Case You Missed It: Hot Topics in Clinical Microbiology

Anaerobic infections offer a unique set of challenges in diagnosing and antibiotic susceptibility testing. The most recent Hot Topic in Clinical Microbiology offers an opportunity to learn best practices in...

ASM Communications - avatar ASM Communications

 

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