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News reports have been covering the marine life dying on the shores of southwest Florida due to a toxic red tide. What exactly is a red tide? What causes a red tide? Why is it toxic? We answer some common questions about this microorganisms-based phenomenon.

Elderly individuals with fewer teeth, poor dental hygiene, and more cavities constantly ingest more dysbiotic microbiota, which could be harmful to their respiratory health, according to new research published in the journal mSphere. The findings come from a large, population-based study that identified variations in the tongue microbiota among community-dwelling elderly adults in Japan.

ASM’s Agar Art contest was the focus of a report on the CBS News streaming network 

Women in Microbiology, a new collection of stories about extraordinary female scientists, is now available from ASM Press. The collection profiles influential microbiologists through the eyes of their former students and trainees, highlighting their remarkable scientific achievements and their contributions to mentoring the next generation of scientists.

Check out a new webinar series that explains how laboratory automation systems alter the workflow in clinical microbiology labs.

An international team of researchers recently took a deep dive into the microbiome of blood-sucking medicinal leeches and made a surprising observation: low levels of antibiotics in the animal's environment improved the survival of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in its gut. Those resistant bacteria, in turn, displaced healthy bacteria.

The concentration of enterococci, bacteria that thrive in feces, has long been the federal standard for determining water quality. Researchers have now shown that the greatest influences on that concentration are the quantity of mammalian feces in the water, and the numbers of enterococci that glom onto floating particulate matter.

Monday, 13 August 2018 22:57

This Is ASM

A 4-minute overview of ASM’s mission, members and accomplishments. Originally aired at ASM Microbe 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. This video covers the depth and breadth of the great research and work ASM and its members do in microbiology and the science world. 

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Society of Virology (ASV), making ASM’s Journal of Virology an ASV’s affiliated journal.

Researchers have shown that higher levels of Plasmodium falciparum antibodies are protective against severe malaria in children living in Papua New Guinea. Children who have higher levels of antibodies to a specific short amino acid sequence in the malaria parasite, P. falciparum, have much lower rates of clinical and severe malaria.

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