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Monday, 16 July 2018 14:18

How many adults are asymptomatically infected with a virus that could be passed on to others? A new mSphere study looked systematically at visitors to a New York City landmark to discern who had respiratory disease symptoms, and who tested positive for carrying a respiratory virus.

Monday, 16 July 2018 09:58

“Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry” (MALDI-TOF MS) sounds like the cause of a warp drive breakdown in Star Trek. What does it have to do with clinical microbiology diagnostics?

Friday, 13 July 2018 16:26

Can transgenic plants combined with the right microbes improve bioremediation of contaminated soils? A new Applied and Environmental Microbiology report suggests the answer for some organic chemicals is yes.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:55

Presenting at a conference has many challenges. As a presenter, you need to succinctly deliver a presentation that touches on 1 or 2 takeaways and covers the diverse viewpoints in the room. The audience chose to attend your presentation with the intention to learn about--and use--the information you share. So how do you increase learning for your audience when presenting at a conference? We discuss 4 ways.  

Monday, 09 July 2018 13:37

Big scientific conferences are great, but smaller meetings fill a specialized niche. The Clinical Microbiology Open is a new conference intended to drive industry-academia collaboration to address unmet or poorly met needs in the field of clinical microbiology. 

Monday, 02 July 2018 15:26

What's hot in the microbial sciences? ASM summarizes microbiology news and reports in Microbial Minutes, a biweekly news roundup. Watch the YouTube session for summaries and major findings, and read the reports and news stories for yourself below. 

Monday, 02 July 2018 13:50

It takes courage to try something new when many view new ideas as strange. Compare leadership in 'intermediate susceptibilily' interpretation to leadership in a festival dance party - who needs more courage, leaders or their early followers?

Friday, 29 June 2018 14:09

Biological sex can alter infection by influencing the immune response, but what about influencing the microbial side? A new mSphere report shows that Neisseria gonorroheae has different gene expression pattern in males versus females - with implications for antimicrobial resistance gene expression.

Thursday, 28 June 2018 15:46

Most methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains are resistant because they’ve acquired a mec allele, which makes screening them as easy as a PCR reaction. But what about non-mec MRSA? A new Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy study investigated nearly 300 MRSA isolates, characterizing the genetic diversity of non-mec strains. This characterization may identify common genetic mechanisms to improve molecular screening for all MRSA patients. 

Friday, 22 June 2018 14:40

Cytomegalovirus and other opportunistic infections are often thought to only have negative consequences for those experiencing overt disease symptoms. A new Journal of Virology study reports the effect of subclinical CMV infection on the rhesus macaque response to the flu vaccine, suggesting an influence of subclinical infections on host immunity.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 13:27

Mycology is a neglected field in microbiology and fungi are often overlooked or shunned in our everyday lives. But despite the contentious history of their classification, fungi have been adapted for many uses in industries including: medicine, textiles, construction and bioremediation.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:51

We’ve compared ASM Microbe to Las Vegas and a multistage concert, in part because there are so many amazing scientific sessions occurring simultaneously that attendees must prioritize the sessions in their schedule. We’ve aggregated some of the best social media summaries of scientific presentations from the 2018 Microbe sessions.

Sunday, 03 June 2018 13:24

If you are looking for an exciting career, consider a clinical microbiology! On top of common pathogens like Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, clinical microbiologists also deal with all sorts of rare microbes, including bioterrorism agents! Why you should always be prepared for a 'weirdo' microbe in the clinical lab, on Bugs & Drugs.

Friday, 01 June 2018 17:21

Dietary fiber plays an important role in gut health, but new research from mSphere shows that not all sources play the same role: researchers found that specific starches select for different microbial communities.

Friday, 01 June 2018 14:11

Written by: Jennifer DeBruyn | Tips for writing a Broader Impacts section for NSF grant proposals

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:26

We share insights from someone who was a mom and transitioning out of academia. She shares her story on how she found her career passion and what being a mom while pursuing her career goals was like. She hopes her story can inspire others to redefine their own identities and to share their experiences towards increasing transparency about academia and parenthood.

Monday, 28 May 2018 17:13

Public Health England reported the first case of ceftriaxone treatment failure for gonorrhea -- what happens next? Will intravenous (IV) antibiotics become required to treat gonorrhea within the next few years? There are several ways that clinical labs can get involved to help prevent the spread of these antimicrobial-resistant N. gonorrhoeae “superbugs” so we can continue to have a simple and effective empirical treatment.

Friday, 25 May 2018 15:37

Global health is a complex problem requiring collaborations between local, national and international groups. ASM is happy to celebrate its recent accomplishments achieved through the hard work of many collaborative efforts.

Friday, 25 May 2018 11:39

A new national opinion survey shows American attitudes toward public health, vaccines and preparedness for epidemics

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 12:11

Stopping an epidemic requires teamwork, communication and resources

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:28

Microbiome-based technologies: how to measure and manipulate our microbial cohabiitants and use that information to inform health decisions.

Monday, 21 May 2018 13:36

It’s Lyme Time! As summer approaches, ticks and people will meet up once again. Diagnostic tests for Lyme disease may change, but these changes should always based on scientific evidence.

Friday, 18 May 2018 08:37

Go see the Smithsonian exhibit “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” which reminds us of the relationships encompassed in the One Health concept

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 12:36

ASM was at the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) to capitalize on the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) buzz and raise awareness of the microbial sciences. Our volunteers were at the ASM exhibit booth, workshops and career sessions. We talk about the activities at the booth and how you can do science outreach.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:41

While we don’t yet understand what makes a healthy microbiome, we know that certain interventions, such as antibiotic use and Cesarean sections, can change babies’ microbiomes, for better or for worse.  

Monday, 14 May 2018 16:54

The use of beta-lactamase combination agents like piperacillin-tazobactam to treat ESBL-producing isolates has always been somewhat controversial. Results from the new MERINO clinical trial suggest reviving ESBL testing. Romney Humphries explains why continued protocol tweaking helps laboratorians move closer to the perhaps-impossible goal of perfecting ESBL screening.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:27

Before you start writing your manuscript, here are 5 questions to ask yourself that will help ensure a successful (and ethical!) road to publication.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 15:10

Does eating more diverse foods increase fitness? The ability to use ethanolamine, a common molecule found in our gut, helps bacterial pathogens like Salmonella to colonize and cause infection. A new mBio report suggests the opposite is true in the commensal bacterium Enterococcus faecalis

Thursday, 10 May 2018 09:56

With ASM Microbe 2018 and the Microbe Academy for Professional Development (MAPD) around the corner, we cover a session from last year on tips for improving your graduate school application. Some advice included getting research experience, doing well in your major subject courses, and scoring high on your GRE exam. Read more to learn additional tips.

Monday, 07 May 2018 15:06

What's hot in the microbial sciences? ASM summarizes microbiology news and reports in Microbial Minutes, a biweekly news roundup. Watch the YouTube session for summaries and major findings, and read the reports and news stories for yourself below. 

Friday, 04 May 2018 12:08

Most people in science are familiar with a curriculum vitae (CV), which is very different from a resume. A resume is an essential component of a job application in industry, non-profit, and non-research jobs. It contains relevant experiences and information that match the job posting. We discuss 5 tips on how to get started on writing your resume.

Friday, 04 May 2018 03:53

How did eukaryotic life evolve? Here, one of the most controversial and puzzling questions in evolutionary history meets Star Wars and the Marvel Universe.

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 13:17

Small amounts of antibiotics used in farm animals may be present in animal manure, which is used as crop fertilizer. A new Applied and Environmental Microbiology report shows these antibiotics can affect the soil microbiome composition, potentially influencing crop growth.

Monday, 30 April 2018 16:05

Written by Ashley Hagen Griffin | Erythema migrans - the bulls-eye rash of Lyme disease. What causes its unique appearance and behavior? We venture under the skin to find out!  

Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:16

A chlorine wash is used to decontaminate food, including produce, that may carry bacterial pathogens. A new mBio report describes how chlorine treatment may not kill bacteria, but instead induce a viable-but-nonculturable state. This means the bacteria may still be present but not detectable through culture techniques. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:59

You’ve heard it several times - the graduate student in Dr. Krebs’s lab who made a significant finding with a newly acquired collaborator. Or Lisa who started a blog after she met Steve, a program coordinator in science communication, while in cross-fit class. Networking creates new opportunities and therefore it’s very important to your research and your overall career. So, how does one network in the field of microbiology? To learn more about this, we reached out to microbiologists to ask for their one piece of advice for networking. The main take-away: do not limit your network to the people in your field. 

Friday, 20 April 2018 16:03

Detection of antibiotic resistance is vital to proper treatment and containment of potential outbreaks. The Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Laboratory Network connects healthcare facilities, state and local labs, and CDC to quickly identify and contain drug-resistance before itcan spread. Learn more about the AR Lab Network in a free webinar, summarized on the latest Bugs and Drugs.

Monday, 16 April 2018 16:34

Watch where you step! Soil-dwelling bacteria may hold the key to the future of agriculture.

Monday, 16 April 2018 11:13

Strep throat isn’t just Strep anymore! The most recent organism linked to bacterial pharyngitis is the anaerobic bacterium Fusobacterium necrophorum. Find out how this and other organisms that cause pharyngitis are diagnosed.

Friday, 13 April 2018 16:28

Colistin resistance is now a worldwide issue. New ASM Journal articles uncover the molecular mechanism of colistin resistance, and uncover a natural product that may act to reverse resistance and render colistin once more effective.