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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:59

If you are considering a postdoc after graduate school, then read about the do’s and don’ts of picking a postdoctoral mentor and lab.

Monday, 15 January 2018 12:40

Clinical microbiology labs often receive multiple specimens for periprosthetic joint infections. How many is enough?

Friday, 12 January 2018 20:14

Written by Katherine J. Wozniak | Tn-seq allowed researchers in two recent mBio publications to screen entire bacterial genomes to identify genes involved in surviving during nutrient deprivation.

Friday, 12 January 2018 15:05

A recent Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy study undertook a meta-analysis of data from around the world to better identify common risk factors for carbapenem-resistent Enterobacteriaceae infection - and to identify ways to control outbreaks.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 15:41

Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) who work in a clinical laboratory have many transferable research skills that make them attractive to science graduate school programs. The key is marketing these talents in your essays and interviews and to the admissions committee. We highlight some uniquely MLS skills sure to dazzle any graduate admissions committee.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 14:58

Scott Kelley's advice for those new to computational biology? "Don’t be afraid! Relax and enjoy the puzzle-like nature of bioinformatics!" Kelley has co-authored a new ASM Press textbook that breaks algorithms down to their basic elements. ASM interviewed him to understand his inspiration behind the textbook.

Monday, 08 January 2018 16:16

A new year brings new career-promoting events and ways to participate in the ASM clin micro community. We summarize the latest in the first Bugs & Drugs post of 2018!

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 13:39

Justin Tettenborn is a Sterilization Specialist for a global medical device company that develops and markets products for orthopedic, surgical and critical care use. He enjoys the freedom of his work because looks forward to applying his microbiology expertise to his team. Although finding his first position out of college was challenging, he recommends that students get job experience of any kind to show your work ethic and ability to function as part of a team.

Friday, 22 December 2017 12:52

Written by Erica Bizzell | How do fungi interact with our gut microbiome? Advances in detection and characterization techniques are now allowing researchers to uncover the importance of the fungal members of the intestinal community

Thursday, 21 December 2017 11:23

The most popular posts here at mBiosphere this year covered the influence of the microbial sciences research on food preparation, infectious disease management, emerging diseases, and immune influence – truly illustrating the broad reach of microbiology! 


Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:52

2017 was a momentous year here at Clinical Microbiology: Bugs & Drugs, since this is the year that we launched! Here are the highlights of the first nine months of published posts!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:49

Interweaving human history and microbial science to examine an unusual resurgence of the Black Plague in Madagascar.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:14

The New Tech Professional Development Grant was given to clinical laboratory scientists to attend ASM Microbe 2017. They had the opportunity to network with their peers over dinner, share best workflow practices, and sharpen their career goals.  

Monday, 11 December 2017 14:37

Most diagnostic tests are performed on agar plates or in plastic bottles, tubes, or wells, but in the past certain elusive infections were identified by a decidedly more exotic method. This post explores the technique of xenodiagnosis, in which an animal (usually the vector that carries the disease of interest) is exposed to a patient’s blood and monitored to see if it develops the infection.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 15:58

For over 100 years, Histoplasma capsulatum was thought to be a single fungal species with several variant strain variations. New analyses of genome sequences reveal the genus Histoplasma contains at least four species, and may contain more.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:46

Everyone is looking for the “holy grail” of work-life balance. Depending on the individual, career stage, and personal life, the perfect balance can be different for everyone. Just as we do our experiments and business meetings, we need to schedule and plan the various aspects of our personal life. We summarize some tips from scientists on how to deal with challenges involving work-life balance.  

Friday, 01 December 2017 17:17

A cure for HIV infection remains elusive. A new model to study HIV reactivation in quiescent cells, described in Journal of Virology, may help researchers better understand infection and devise effective treatment strategies.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:25

Persistence, like antibiotic resistance, can lead to drug failure when treating bacterial infections. A new Antimicrobial Agent and Chemotherapy study extends previous findings that a drug-metabolite cocktail may increase drug efficiency when treating Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:38

Are you a graduate student who will be mentoring an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate fellow, or master’s student? As a mentor, you will influence the future scientific trajectory of your mentee while gaining necessary management and communication skills to use in several future professional contexts. We share tips for mentoring in the lab while a trainee.  

Monday, 27 November 2017 13:06

Why did a giant fungus inspire Stephen Jay Gould to quote Walt Whitman’s “I contain multitudes” way back in 1992?

Monday, 27 November 2017 09:20

Toxoplasma gondii is a fantastically interesting parasite that you can find in a variety of places in the world and can end up in a variety of places inside of you!

Monday, 20 November 2017 15:42

Diagnostic tools are the backbone of many public health programs; we need them to assess the molecular characteristics and physiologies of potential pathogens. This week, Bugs & Drugs features our best diagnostic tools blog posts, with interviews, reference articles, and advice on how to implement these tools to increase public health.

Monday, 20 November 2017 13:17

Microbiology-related research is almost inevitably tied to improving public health, but some research is more immediately applicable than others. How do the microbial sciences improve public health? We list some of the many ways, and invite you to share your examples 

Thursday, 16 November 2017 18:59

Support your commensal and symbiotic gut bacteria while celebrating with family and friends this holiday season.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 12:32

The American Society of Microbiology is a natural resource for clinical practitioners, researchers, and educators during Antibiotic Awareness Week. Here we share some of our recent top stories on antibiotic awareness, education, discovery, and resistance.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:56

With the new year around the corner, it’s never too late to think about the next steps in your career and set some resolutions. To help you get started, we highlight the top 5 career questions that ASM receives from students and postdocs and provide short answers.


Monday, 13 November 2017 23:26

Fosfomycin susceptibility testing is a challenge for laboratories. The testing intricacies for fosfomycin are discussed.

Monday, 13 November 2017 18:11

Reporting the sex of mice and cell lines used in studies can help researchers determine if biological sex is a variable in disease outcome, argues Sabra Klein in an mBio editorial.

Monday, 13 November 2017 17:54

Microbiome studies have long focused on the bacterial members that reside in different areas of the human body. A new study from mBio shows that a tweaked protocol can better identify archaeal microbiome members too. Learn which findings surprised senior scientist Christine Moissl-Eichinger on mBiosphere.

Monday, 13 November 2017 12:27

Some bacteria have multiple copies of a single gene to rapidly adapt to its environment. How can life with limited genomes compete?

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 10:16

Dr. Operario was always interested in applying his science skills to solving global public health questions, no matter how big or small. He developed qPCR tests for enteric pathogens and tuberculosis and deployed them at international centers across the globe by training researchers to use his test. Learn about his career path and what his recommendations are for people interested in a public health career.

Monday, 06 November 2017 18:17

How will point-of-care diagnostics change clinical microbiology? ASM provides resources with educational opportunities and important considerations on implementing evolving technology.

Saturday, 04 November 2017 23:45

Will there be a day not long in the future, when our clothing is colored by bacteria?


Friday, 03 November 2017 16:21

People can contract campylobacteriosis by eating contaminated chickens, and a new Infection and Immunity study demonstrates the chicken microbiome influences C. jejuni colonization. mBiosphere summarizes and discusses what this may mean for human campylobacteriosis cases.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 09:36

Have you ever been on a date where the person was dressed sloppy, or avoided answering the question, or better yet, over inflated their answers. Applying and interviewing for jobs is a bit like dating. And just like dating, it’s important to avoid behaviors and mistakes that are going to leave a bad impression—these “tells” are discussed in the article.


Monday, 30 October 2017 17:54

ASM provides resources to review nomenclature, susceptibilty testing, and transmission prevention of multidrug-resistant organisms

Friday, 27 October 2017 18:01

Mutations that arise naturally are generally thought to require selection to become part of a population. A new Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy study challenges that thought, by demonstrating the evolution of drug resistance in bacterial lineages never exposed to drugs. This study demonstrates the importance of stewardship in all cases, both transmission of already-resistant strains or selection for newly adapted strains.

Friday, 27 October 2017 15:15

The zombie fungus, Ophicordyceps unilateralis, hides deep within tropical rainforests and parasitizes upon ants from the Camponotini tribe. They turn ants into fungus-producing machines by manipulating gene expression that alter the ant’s sensory response, musculature, and nervous system.

Monday, 23 October 2017 11:51

“Do I have the flu?” Influenza point of care tests may be able to answer this question quickly. However, despite the simplicity and speed of these tests, they come with many “behind the scenes” considerations to be addressed prior to implementation. In this post, we review some significant technical, biological, and regulatory issues of influenza point-of-care testing.

Friday, 20 October 2017 10:26

Who develops disease and who doesn’t? In a new Journal of Virology report, scientists investigate why some young adults develop infectious mononucleosis when they contract Epstein-Barr virus and why some have an asymptomatic infection.