Infectious disease scientists identified strains of group A streptococcus that are less susceptible to commonly used antibiotics, a sign that the germ causing strep throat and flesh-eating disease may be moving closer to resistance to penicillin and other related antibiotics known as beta-lactams.
This week in mSphere, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology, an international group of researchers describe how to use enrichment—one such emerging NGS strategy—for monitoring coronaviruses, especially those that originate in bats.
A new strain of coronavirus causing pneumonia-like symptoms was recently identified in Wuhan, China, marking the beginning of a spread of the virus across the globe.
For the first time ever, investigators have identified a washing machine as a reservoir of multidrug-resistant pathogens. The pathogens, a single clone of Klebsiella oxytoca, were transmitted repeatedly to newborns in a neonatal intensive care unit at a German children’s hospital. The transmission was stopped only when the washing machine was removed from the hospital.
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) recently announced that ASM Journals are now accepting initial submissions in any format to ease the submission process for authors.