ASM General Meeting in Denver 2013

In advance of a session on H7N9, speakers participated in an ASM Live session to discuss their presentations and take questions from the viewing audience.

Research characterizing the bacteria present at different altitudes in the troposphere and genetic mechanisms by which microbial cells could reach and remain at high altitudes in the atmosphere and initiate the formation of water droplets or ice crystals, which is important for cloud formation.

Monday, 20 May 2013 18:09

The Merlot Microbiome - ASM Live 2013

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Researchers are currently hard at work studying the bacteria associated with one agriculturally important plant: Grapevines that produce the varietal Merlot.

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. What effect does this process have on the microorganisms that naturally exist in the water in this process?

Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus discusses norovirus and the importance of biotechnology to food safety and public health.

Monday, 20 May 2013 17:13

TWiM 56: Live in Denver at ASM GM 2013

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Host Vincent Racaniello, co-hosts Moselio Schaechter and Michael Schmidt, and guests highlight and comment on some of the most exciting microbiology at the American Society for Microbiology's 2013 General Meeting in Denver, CO.


Mastoparan, a natural, highly positively charged AMP derived from the venom of wasps, is a highly effective antibacterial agent and is therefore a potential alternative to currently antibiotics. Participants discuss the potential of this new compound as well as the increasing understanding of the role antibiotics play in nature.

Participants discuss this finding as well as how understanding these mechanism will provide insights as to other pathogens that TLF should kill, as well as offer potential avenues to therapeutically augment or mimic TLF action.

Could the bacterial populations in your intestines predict the onset of colon cancer? Participants discuss new research in mouse models that suggests a major shift in microbial population dynamic prior to the onset of tumors as well as the general promise microbiome research holds for the diagnosis and potential management of other diseases.

Sunday, 19 May 2013 17:08

TWiV 234: Live in Denver

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Vincent Racaniello and co-host Kathy Spindler highlight and comment on some of the most exciting virology at the American Society for Microbiology 2013 General Meeting in Denver, Co.