Latest Blog Posts
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 14:32

A news roundup covering bacterial speciation, ancient plague bacteria, and calculating how many drug-resistant infection deaths really happen in the U.S.

Friday, 07 December 2018 13:34

Nature is full of organisms competing for resources, and microbial communities are no different.  However, some microbes have developed helpful relationships that benefit their survival in nature. These relationships are also helping researchers learn more about microbial physiology.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 15:05

Dr. Candace Rouchon is a postdoctoral fellow at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She researches biofilm-associated infections caused by the opportunistic pathogen Enterococcus faecalis. She received the ASM Career Development Grant for Postdoctoral Women and attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Leadership Seminar in Science and Technology Policy to learn more about science policy.

Monday, 03 December 2018 10:01

Clinical microbiology is welcoming more evidence-based medicine guidelines. Why do we need them, and what are they bringing to the table?

Friday, 30 November 2018 14:09

By Jesus Romo | Do fungi require elevated temperature tolerance to infect mammals? Pseudogymnoascus destructans challenges this widely-held idea.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:15

A new genome of the red mite poultry disease vector will help scientists discover anti-parasite and anti-disease targets.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:01

Dr. Amanda Shore is a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University. Her research focuses on how human activity influences the health of a variety of marine organisms. She received the ASM Career Development Grant for Postdoctoral Women and traveled to Puerto Rico to learn more about ecosystems and marine diseases of the Caribbean.  


Tuesday, 27 November 2018 13:57

A news roundup covering a new kingdom of life, artificial cells, the state of malaria - and a connection between the microbiome and diabetes

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:35

Let’s talk turkey: as you dig into Thanksgiving leftovers, don’t let Salmonella spoil your holiday weekend!

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.