2011 Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – December 13, 2011 – A new edition of the definitive practical resource for laboratory identification of fungal infections is now available.  The fully revised Medically Important Fungi: A Guide to Identification, 5th Edition, published by ASM Press, offers step-by-step guidance and textual descriptions that allow both novice and experienced lab technologists to accurately distinguish between fungi that display similar characteristics.
Global Resource for Clinical Microbiologists and Immunologists Debuts
WASHINGTON, DC – December 13, 2011 –  The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has launched a clinical microbiology web portalhttp://clinmicro.asm.org, that focuses all of ASM’s clinical and external relevant content into one user-friendly site.
WASHINGTON, DC -- December 12, 2011 -- Worldwide, dengue fever strikes roughly 50 million people every year and takes the lives of thousands, but specific therapies or a vaccine for this mosquito-borne illness remain unavailable. A report coming out in the online journal mBio® on December 13 describes a new discovery about how the body fights the dengue virus, a finding that could explain differences in the ability to fight off the virus and help in developing a drug to boost this response.
Antibiotics in Swine Feed Encourage Gene Exchange
WASHINGTON, DC – November 28, 2011 – A study to be published in the online journal mBio® on November 29 shows that adding antibiotics to swine feed causes microorganisms in the guts of these animals to start sharing genes that could spread antibiotic resistance. 
WASHINGTON, DC -- November 15, 2011 -- It has been the cause of infamous international foodborne disease outbreaks and yet it is the most studied bacterium in science, an essential part of the human digestive tract, and a backbone of the biotech industry.  To enhance public understanding of the bacterium Escherichia coli, the American Academy of Microbiology brought together the nation’s leading experts to consider and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this  multifaceted microorganism.
American Society for Microbiology Supports Antibiotic Action Campaign
WASHINGTON, DC – November 14, 2011 -- The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) welcomes the launch of the Antibiotic Action campaign, in particular its multi-faceted approach in raising awareness about the urgency with which all concerned should address the need to discover new antibiotic agents. 
Bonnie Bassler Chosen North American Laureate for L’OREAL-UNESCO Award
WASHINGTON, DC—November 8, 2011—Bonnie Bassler, immediate past president of the American Society for Microbiology and Chair of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology,  has been named the 2012 Laureate for North America of the L’OREALUNESCO Awards “For Women in Science.”
WASHINGTON, DC – October 31, 2011 -- Antibiotic-resistant enterococci are a serious problem for patients in the hospital, but little is known about how these bacteria are able to escape antibiotics. New discoveries about the ways in which enterococci turn their resistance to cephalosporin antibiotics on and off are described in a study that will be published November 1 in the online journal mBio®. The new details about resistance could lead to new therapies for preventing and treating enterococcal infections. 
WASHINGTON, DC -- October 10, 2011 -- Antivirulence drugs disarm pathogens rather than kill them, and although they could be effective in theory, antivirulence drugs have never been tested in humans. A new study to be published in the online journal mBio® on Tuesday, October 18 reveals these drugs have the potential to fight infection while avoiding the pitfalls of drug resistance. 
WASHINGTON, DC -- October 3, 2011 -- Biologists have described only a few thousand different viruses so far, but a new study reveals a vast world of unseen viral diversity that exists right under our noses. A paper to be published Tuesday, October 4 in the online journal mBio® explores ordinary raw sewage and finds that it is home to thousands of novel, undiscovered viruses, some of which could relate to human health.  
WASHINGTON, DC – September 19, 2011 – Many of the people who died from the new strain of H1N1 influenza that broke out in 2009 were suffering from another infection as well: pneumonia. A new study to be published Tuesday, September 20 in the online journal mBio® reveals how the two infections, pandemic influenza and pneumonia, interact to make to make a lethal combination.
The Remarkable History of Medicine’s Battle with Infectious Diseases
WASHINGTON, DC – September 14, 2011 – For those fascinated by microbes, infection, or how medical discoveries shape our modern understanding, Germ Theory: Medical Pioneers in Infectious Diseases, a new book just published by ASM Press, brings to life the stories of a dozen medical pioneers whose work changed the way we think about and treat infection.
WASHINGTON, DC -- September 8, 2011 -- With the increasing availability of sophisticated technologies to rapidly diagnose and treat infectious diseases, the duties and the role of clinical laboratory microbiologists, who traditionally perform these tests, could see significant changes in the next few years.  That is one of the conclusions of a series of reports published in a special supplement to the September 2011Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
WASHINGTON, DC -- August 29, 2011 -- Researchers from Yale University are looking to a virus from the same family as the rabies virus to fight a form of cancer primarily found in children and young adults. They report their findings in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of Virology.

New Edition of Manual of Clinical Microbiology Offers Digital Access
WASHINGTON, DC -- August 1, 2011 -- ASM Press announces the availability of the newest edition of its authoritative reference for clinical laboratory professionals. The Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 10th edition, is available in both print and, for the first time, a digital edition.
WASHINGTON, DC -- July 7, 2011 -- The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is expanding the library of free articles on enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli to include all recently published research journal articles on Shiga toxin-producing strains.  These articles may be accessed through the ASM Journals webpage at http://tiny.cc/kkxx5.

American Society for Microbiology Makes Research Publications on Enterohemorrhagic E. coli Freely Available
WASHINGTON, DC -- June 30, 2011 -- Because of the recent public health emergency and worldwide concern about the devastating E. coli outbreak in Europe, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has made all articles on enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli published in the ASM’s 9 subscription research journals available free of charge online.  These articles may be accessed through the ASM Journals webpage athttp://journals.asm.org.

New Type of MRSA in Hospitalized Patients Probably of Animal Origin
WASHINGTON, DC -- June 2, 2011 -- A distinctly new type of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that is not detected by traditional genetic screening methods has been discovered in patients in Irish hospitals according to research to be published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. These findings provide significant insights into how new MRSA strains emerge and highlight the potential for the transmission of infectious agents from animals to humans. 

Washing with Contaminated Soap Increases Bacteria on Hands
WASHINGTON, DC -- May 2, 2011 -- People who wash their hands with contaminated soap from bulk-soap-refillable dispensers can increase the number of disease-causing microbes on their hands and may play a role in transmission of bacteria in public settings according to research published in the May issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

mBio® Selected for Indexing in MEDLINE®
WASHINGTON, DC -- May 2, 2011 -- The American Society for Microbiology is proud to announce that the online-only, open-access microbiology journal mBio® has been selected by the National Library of Medicine to be indexed in MEDLINE®. 

Probiotic Bacteria Could Help Treat Crohn’s Disease
WASHINGTON, DC -- March 31, 2011 -- New research suggests that infection with a probiotic strain of E. coli bacteria could help treat an reduce the negative effects of another E. coli infection that may be associated with Crohn’s disease. Researchers from the University of Auckland, New Zealand publish their results in the April 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Blocking Carbon Dioxide Fixation in Bacteria Increases Biofuel Production
WASHINGTON, DC -- March 29, 2011 -- Reducing the ability of certain bacteria to fix carbon dioxide can greatly increase their production of hydrogen gas that can be used as a biofuel.  Researchers from the University of Washington, Seattle, report their findings in the current issue of online journal mBio®.

Gut Bacteria Can Control Organ Functions
WASHINGTON, DC -- February 28, 2011 -- Bacteria in the human gut may not just be helping digest food but also could be exerting some level of control over the metabolic functions of other organs, like the liver, according to research published this week in the online journalmBio®.   These findings offer new understanding of the symbiotic relationship between humans and their gut microbes and how changes to the microbiota can impact overall health.

Probiotic Identified to Treat Ulcers
WASHINGTON, DC – February 24, 2011 -- Researchers from Spain have identified a strain of probiotic bacteria that may be useful in treating ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori.  They report their findings in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Microbes and Oil Spills But Were Afraid to Ask
WASHINGTON, DC – February 17, 2011 -- 
Is it true that microbes cleaned up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?  Can bacteria really “eat” oil, and if so, how?  To help clear up the confusion the American Academy of Microbiology has brought together the nation’s leading experts to consider and answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding microbes and oil spills.  

Bacteria Possible Cause of Preterm Births
WASHINGTON, DC -- January 27, 2011 -- The type of bacteria that colonize the placenta during pregnancy could be associated with preterm birth and other developmental problems in newborns according to research published in the current issue of the online journal mBio®.

National Academy of Sciences Honors Microbiologists for Major Scientific Contributions
WASHINGTON, DC -- January 20, 2011 -- Three members of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) are among the 13 scientists that will be honored by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with awards recognizing extraordinary scientific achievement in the field of microbiology.