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Friday, 17 February 2017 18:02

We now know that antibacterial soaps do not protect from preventable illness better than regular soap, but beyond that, some of these products are even shown to have deleterious long-term effects.

Friday, 17 February 2017 10:00

In response to ‘A Zika Paper’, in which I discussed my thoughts on the problems with scientific publishing, Kim from Stockholm wrote to TWiV. "This Zika Diary post really made me depressed"

Friday, 17 February 2017 09:03

The first scientific report was recently accepted from an mSphereDirect submission, and we at ASM asked the senior scientist, Pat Schloss, about his experience.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:54

In today’s world, direct engagement with those outside of science is critical not only to communicating what we’ve discovered, but also to promoting an atmosphere of trust between scientists and the public. Direct engagement can mean many things, but for me, public outreach is a powerful and immediate means of bridging the gap.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:21

Giving work study students the chance to work in their intended field provides an advantage in getting employed in their professional field after the completion of their degree program. 

Monday, 13 February 2017 17:42

Discovery and characterization of microbial polyester-degrading enzymes from a bog moss, described in a recent Applied and Environmental Microbiology report, may help recycle textile components.

Friday, 10 February 2017 18:22

By Amy Kullas | There have been many important contributions by females across the diverse scientific fields. Those listed below are a handful of the women who have made major contributions to the microbial sciences.

Thursday, 09 February 2017 10:35

“This is a disease so neglected, it’s missing from the WHO list of neglected tropical diseases,” says melioidosis expert David Dance. What is melioidosis, and why was there a full session at the 2017 Biothreats Conference dedicated to this disease?

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 10:37

With trained Ph.D. scientists surpassing available academic scientist positions, students want to know what their non-academic career options are in regards to research. While students know about industry research, government research is an option that includes aspects of regulatory review, the process by which products/drugs are approved for human clinical trials and marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We break down how one student transitioned from academia to government, the differences between the two sectors, and how to get involved in regulatory review once inside the FDA. She also goes on to share her passion of getting more women into science.  

Monday, 06 February 2017 11:30

The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) positively impacts students, sparking their interest in microbiology and helping them achieve success. But it’s not just students who benefit from the URF program – faculty who mentor URF students report increased productivity in their labs, greater funding success, and a honing of their mentoring skills.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 09:02

Our tiny Zika laboratory has been working on the virus since the middle of 2016, and we are ready to write a paper describing some of our findings. We are very excited about what we have discovered about Zika virus infection of embryonic mice, and believe that the paper describing this work will have substantial impact the field. Where should we submit the paper for publication?

Thursday, 02 February 2017 08:57

The iGEM cloning competition offers unique opportunities for both students and mentors.

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 08:54

You’ve finally landed a job in research & development or in the clinical research division at a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company. After spending a few years mastering your job, you might be thinking of moving into the business side of your company and ask yourself “How much business experience/background do I need to be competitive for a management position within industry?” We interviewed Dr. Alita Miller of Entasis Therapeutics and Dr. Sarah McHatton of Novozymes to get their insights on this question.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 11:29

Planning is underway for the 2017 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), and applications are now being accepted for the ASMCUE Textbook Travel Award. We recently checked in with past award winners, who shared their current teaching and research activities as well as tips for fellow faculty.

Sunday, 29 January 2017 10:48

From its beginnings, modern science has been international. Global collaboration enhances biomedical science, and clinical trials and genetic research today rely on international cooperation.

Friday, 27 January 2017 14:35

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) hopes to prevent future outbreaks by generating, testing, and storing vaccines before outbreaks occur. How do you design a vaccine before a prevailing serotype is determined?

Friday, 27 January 2017 13:12

Going somewhere exotic? Travel vaccinations are more than just a prick in the arm. Learn what pesky pathogens you’re protecting yourself from next time you trot the globe

Thursday, 26 January 2017 13:32

A new Journal of Clinical Microbiology report shows reproducibility of accurate bacterial genotyping derived by WGS-based methods.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:59

With January being National Mentoring Month, we hear a personal story about mentorship from Dr. Alan Goggins, a new Microbiology and Immunology graduate. After a tough start with mentoring, he switched labs during graduate school and discovered a few factors to consider when finding the right mentor. 

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 11:04

A new study on dogs' diets could be used as an initial step toward using microbiotic information to customize pet diets.