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Friday, 16 November 2018 15:02

Time-to-positivity is often automatically reported for blood cultures; here we discuss how it’s calculated and how it may provide “free” and potentially helpful information.

Friday, 16 November 2018 10:37

By Ashley Hagen Griffin | We take a closer look at some of the ways that local and airborne microbial ecosystems are influenced by tropical storms

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 13:41

A news roundup covering mega-antibody flu protection, and epidemic calendar, and microbiomes and ethnicity – plus resistant bacteria on wild giraffes.

Monday, 12 November 2018 12:35

Our last World Antibiotic Awareness Week post looks at infection control, diagnostics and stewardship to slow the spread of drug-resistant disease

Monday, 12 November 2018 12:20

Our second World Antibiotics Awareness Week post highlights the dangerous situation that arises when cheap oral antibiotics are no longer available 

Monday, 12 November 2018 11:20

Our first World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018 blog post looks at how agricultural practices have contributed to drug-resistant infections in people

Monday, 05 November 2018 13:14

Diagnostic test specificity is as much about context as it is numbers; here, we discuss pitfalls of focusing on numbers for multiplexed panel tests.

Friday, 02 November 2018 14:51

A mysterious illness known as ergotism used to sweep through communities, leaving death in its path. Then it was harvested to save lives.

Friday, 02 November 2018 10:39

Putting together a fellowship application may seem intimidating, but there are many skills you get from applying for fellowships. Applying for one can help you develop necessary science writing skills, help you understand how to “sell” your project, and teach you how to implement ideas on how to use the funding.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 16:34

A new Vibrio cholerae genome may provide clues to its temperate, freshwater location.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 13:45

A news roundup covering acute flaccid paralysis and enterovirus D68, Salmonella, and Ebola outbreaks - plus new tools to ID sepsis bacteria.

Friday, 26 October 2018 11:27

A targeted sequencing method described in mBio may speed the time it takes to learn a bacterium’s ID, drug susceptibility, and potential virulence. 

Friday, 26 October 2018 11:10

This article is the first part of a two-part series on the role of microorganisms, and especially viruses, in cancer .

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 13:17

Have you considered doing a postdoc in industry and currently applying? Are you applications be turned away? Try to network well before applying & tailor your application materials. Read more tips to help you get an industry postdoc. Happy applying!


Monday, 22 October 2018 09:48

Antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a challenge for clinical labs. Can molecular tests save us from untreatable gonorrhea?

Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:14

An mBio report shows that enterovirus D68 can infect a human neuronal cell line and cause paralysis in mice.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:44

Are you in between academia and industry, and need help deciding which path to go down? We describe the opportunities and challenges of joining industry with a microbiology background - some of which include plenty resources and opportunities for growth, while the downsides are restrictions on what and when to share.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:23

A news roundup covering ancient viruses, addiction, and underground cyanobacteria. Plus: Honey bee microbiome and vaccine updates.

Monday, 15 October 2018 11:33

A new Laboratory Response Network (LRN) protocol covers all aspects of sentinel laboratory biosafety, biosecurity, risk assessment, and biomedical waste management.

Monday, 15 October 2018 09:47

Written by Wilbur Chen | Educational board games can initiate important conversations about public health - all while participants have fun!

Friday, 12 October 2018 17:55

Your cell’s vault organelles may be shrouded in mystery, but researchers are unlocking their potential to save lives and clean up the planet.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:21

Microbiology Resource Announcements Editors will permit citing alternative sources, when identified as such and where a permanent public DOI exists.

Monday, 08 October 2018 11:40

Patient-centered or point-of-care testing is gaining in popularity—what does this mean for patients, the clinicians and laboratorians?

Sunday, 07 October 2018 12:29

Designer microbes are coming to the rescue of patients suffering from two debilitating disorders that have no cure: PKU and Crohn’s Disease.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 22:34

Our September Microbiology Resource of the Month is an improved reference genome for plant pathogen Fusarium oxysporum.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 09:40

How can we define a minimal genome containing only the genes necessary for life - and what can we learn from these efforts?

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:33

Did you know that sharing your science on social media channels can help you make connections? Read more about the benefits of sharing science on social media.


Monday, 24 September 2018 16:16

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 coverage for yourself below.

Monday, 24 September 2018 14:28

Invasive fungal infections were rare events until the mid-20th century. Why do fungi now kill more people each year than tuberculosis?

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 11:14

Currently available therapies are unable to extend glioblastoma patient survival past 20 months following diagnosis, so researchers are turning to viruses to help battle these tricky, invasive tumors.

Monday, 17 September 2018 12:12

BioMérieux has recently recalled some of their antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) cards for gram-positive bacteria using the VITEK 2 system. To answer questions regarding use of Vitek 2 AST cards, the ASM Clinical Laboratory Practice Subcommittee has provided guidance to aid clinical labs with this issue.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:21

Prioritization is something we all do daily, yet most of us never take time to formally develop the skill. We choose to go with our gut feeling, or what “makes sense” at the time. In the corporate world, your work impacts the effectiveness of the business as a whole and resources can be limited. It’s imperative to align your work with the broader goals of the organization and to learn how to strategically prioritize projects so that you achieve the best results and tackle the most important projects first. We give you tips on how to start prioritizing your projects in a corporate company.

Monday, 10 September 2018 10:49

In 2016, stories of Zika filled news headlines, causing concern to mothers, travelers and anyone living in mosquito-inhabited areas. But in the last year, the (mosquito) buzz has significantly died down—is Zika still circulating? Is it causing birth defects or other disease? A bit of history can help us predict the future for this recent global threat.

Friday, 07 September 2018 17:18

A new Applied and Environmental Microbiology report characterizes the ability of a bacterial compound to inhibit M. grisea growth, a characteristic that may prove useful in biocontrol of fungal infection of crops.

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 14:08

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 coverage for yourself below. 

Saturday, 01 September 2018 08:56

Antibiotic combinations are used frequently in the treatment of bacterial infections. How does the clinical microbiology lab test these combinations to see if they’re the right ones?

Friday, 31 August 2018 09:37

Exposure to the maternal microbiome is an important factor in the immune and metabolic well-being of infants. Through epigenetic alterations and systemic changes in the gut-brain axis, the microbes that are transferred during cesarean section or vaginal delivery might play an even bigger role than we thought.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 13:18

"Some of the most impactful papers have been those describing resources," says Microbiology Resource Announcements EIC Irene Newton. Here, we introduce our Microbiology Resource of the Month, highlighting the ZetaHunter software made available by Clara Chan's lab at University of Delaware.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 08:34

For beginner researchers, you want to do every experiment and work on many projects, and that can lead to long work days and early fatigue in graduate school. We describe four tips on how to manage your time in the research lab so you can achieve a work-life balance and be more productive.

Friday, 24 August 2018 17:57

A new mBio article reports on a feature of C. auris that may contribute to its ability to cause serious disease: its ability to evade the innate immune system.