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Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:54

How does getting injected with live parasites sound to you? This World Immunization Week we explore a new vaccine that might just change your mind.

Thursday, 27 April 2017 08:56

 In January, ASM launched a publishing experiment, mSphereDirect, which allows scientists to control the review process and speed up the time-to-publication after submission. To answer questions about its users and user experience, we gathered preliminary data by speaking with the scientists who were the first mSphereDirect users.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:01

In celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, Dr. Robin Patel, Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology at the Mayo Clinic, shares her insights on how to become a laboratory technologist and a story of how one observant laboratory technologist led to a new standard of care for lung transplants on This Week in Microbiology (TWIM) #150.  

 

Monday, 24 April 2017 09:37

In an introductory microbiology lab, one common goal is to increase student skills with the microscope, including the ability to properly stain a bacterial specimen. But what is the best way to assess improvement in these skills?

Monday, 24 April 2017 09:19

Broad-range bacterial 16S PCR and sequencing as a clinical diagnostic tool is quickly gaining in popularity. This post offers a quick refresher on the applications, limitations, and aliases of this test.

Friday, 21 April 2017 20:06

Little is known about microbial environments in the atmosphere, the layer of gases that is common to all surfaces around the globe. On Earth Day 2017, we take a look at the world of airborne microbes.

Friday, 21 April 2017 11:23

In celebration of Earth Day, we’re offering up 4 open-access, peer-reviewed resources from the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) to help infuse biodiversity-related content into your K-12 or undergraduate classroom and lab.

Friday, 21 April 2017 10:43

The HeLa cells derived from Henrietta Lacks have played a vital role in many scientific advances, including production of the polio vaccine. But the unethical manner in which they were collected raises questions on patients' rights, privacy, and other important issues - issues on which her family continues to educate, including at the 2016 ABRCMS meeting.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:50

Many trainees are transitioning into non-research careers. Navigating this transition can be tricky, as the available resources are still scarce and fairly inconsistent. Dr. Josh Henkin, founder of STEM Career Services, gave a workshop at the 2017 AAAS meeting titled “Transitioning into a Non-Academic Career.” The workshop explored the skills and best practices for trainees to transition out of academia. We highlight the main points from the session.

Monday, 17 April 2017 10:52

Collecting, transporting, and storing patient specimens plays a major role in infection diagnoses. ASM provides a number of resources regarding best practices and the latest research regarding specimen collection!

Monday, 17 April 2017 09:50

Microbial adaptations to climate change will affect all biomes in the greater ecosystem. A new Academy of Microbiology FAQ Report addresses areas undergoing environmental changes, how these changes influence microbial life, and the global impacts due to shifts in environmental microbiomes.

Monday, 17 April 2017 09:31

Writing a grant application can be daunting, especially when you’re new to the process. How do you know what funding opportunities are available, how to make your writing both succinct and impactful, and how to make sure you’ve completed all of the forms correctly?

Friday, 14 April 2017 14:37

Retrace the steps of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek in his home city of Delft in the Netherlands, where microbiology began.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:50

Researchers report they have used the Pathogen Box to identify a novel, highly potent antifungal agent with activity against two of the most common fungal pathogens of humans.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:43

Have you seen this image? It generated headlines as part of the American Society for Microbiology’s annual Agar Art contest. ASM has run this contest since 2015, but some scientists, like scientist/artist Caitlin Cahak of the Instagram account @Stylish_Streaking, have been creating pieces of their own well before the contest started.

Monday, 10 April 2017 09:36

Clinical microbiology tests are not performed to satisfy the curiosity, but to serve patients. While technical performance comparisons will sometimes suffice for test evaluation, health outcome studies may be superior for determining the true value of a diagnostic test.

 

Monday, 10 April 2017 08:39

The ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) is unique in that the latest advances in teaching, assessment, research on learning, and mentoring are presented and discussed alongside cutting-edge science, allowing educators to bring both current education practices and science topics into their classrooms.

Saturday, 08 April 2017 02:29

Multidisciplinary research is beginning to unveil connections between the gut microbiome and human health status disparities.

Friday, 07 April 2017 16:50

Though it's been less covered by major news outlets, Zika is still an important research topic. Scientists are working hard to understand Zika virus biology, transmission, and treatment. We round up the latest research reports on this still-emerging disease.

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 13:30

Simon Anthony has spent his scientific career studying viruses and their impact on health. In the United Kingdom, where he is from, he investigated viruses of agricultural significance. Then, at the San Diego Zoo, he focused on the microbes of wildlife. Currently, at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and its Center for Infection and Immunity, he studies viruses that spill over from animals into people.

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