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Friday, 25 May 2018 15:37

Global health is a complex problem requiring collaborations between local, national and international groups. ASM is happy to celebrate its recent accomplishments achieved through the hard work of many collaborative efforts.

Friday, 25 May 2018 11:39

A new national opinion survey shows American attitudes toward public health, vaccines and preparedness for epidemics

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 12:11

Stopping an epidemic requires teamwork, communication and resources

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:28

Microbiome-based technologies: how to measure and manipulate our microbial cohabiitants and use that information to inform health decisions.

Monday, 21 May 2018 13:36

It’s Lyme Time! As summer approaches, ticks and people will meet up once again. Diagnostic tests for Lyme disease may change, but these changes should always based on scientific evidence.

Friday, 18 May 2018 08:37

Go see the Smithsonian exhibit “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” which reminds us of the relationships encompassed in the One Health concept

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 12:36

ASM was at the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) to capitalize on the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) buzz and raise awareness of the microbial sciences. Our volunteers were at the ASM exhibit booth, workshops and career sessions. We talk about the activities at the booth and how you can do science outreach.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:41

While we don’t yet understand what makes a healthy microbiome, we know that certain interventions, such as antibiotic use and Cesarean sections, can change babies’ microbiomes, for better or for worse.  

Monday, 14 May 2018 16:54

The use of beta-lactamase combination agents like piperacillin-tazobactam to treat ESBL-producing isolates has always been somewhat controversial. Results from the new MERINO clinical trial suggest reviving ESBL testing. Romney Humphries explains why continued protocol tweaking helps laboratorians move closer to the perhaps-impossible goal of perfecting ESBL screening.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:27

Before you start writing your manuscript, here are 5 questions to ask yourself that will help ensure a successful (and ethical!) road to publication.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 15:10

Does eating more diverse foods increase fitness? The ability to use ethanolamine, a common molecule found in our gut, helps bacterial pathogens like Salmonella to colonize and cause infection. A new mBio report suggests the opposite is true in the commensal bacterium Enterococcus faecalis

Thursday, 10 May 2018 09:56

With ASM Microbe 2018 and the Microbe Academy for Professional Development (MAPD) around the corner, we cover a session from last year on tips for improving your graduate school application. Some advice included getting research experience, doing well in your major subject courses, and scoring high on your GRE exam. Read more to learn additional tips.

Monday, 07 May 2018 15:06

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 stories for yourself below. 

Friday, 04 May 2018 12:08

Most people in science are familiar with a curriculum vitae (CV), which is very different from a resume. A resume is an essential component of a job application in industry, non-profit, and non-research jobs. It contains relevant experiences and information that match the job posting. We discuss 5 tips on how to get started on writing your resume.

Friday, 04 May 2018 03:53

How did eukaryotic life evolve? Here, one of the most controversial and puzzling questions in evolutionary history meets Star Wars and the Marvel Universe.

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 13:17

Small amounts of antibiotics used in farm animals may be present in animal manure, which is used as crop fertilizer. A new Applied and Environmental Microbiology report shows these antibiotics can affect the soil microbiome composition, potentially influencing crop growth.

Monday, 30 April 2018 16:05

Written by Ashley Hagen Griffin | Erythema migrans - the bulls-eye rash of Lyme disease. What causes its unique appearance and behavior? We venture under the skin to find out!  

Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:16

A chlorine wash is used to decontaminate food, including produce, that may carry bacterial pathogens. A new mBio report describes how chlorine treatment may not kill bacteria, but instead induce a viable-but-nonculturable state. This means the bacteria may still be present but not detectable through culture techniques. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:59

You’ve heard it several times - the graduate student in Dr. Krebs’s lab who made a significant finding with a newly acquired collaborator. Or Lisa who started a blog after she met Steve, a program coordinator in science communication, while in cross-fit class. Networking creates new opportunities and therefore it’s very important to your research and your overall career. So, how does one network in the field of microbiology? To learn more about this, we reached out to microbiologists to ask for their one piece of advice for networking. The main take-away: do not limit your network to the people in your field. 

Friday, 20 April 2018 16:03

Detection of antibiotic resistance is vital to proper treatment and containment of potential outbreaks. The Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Laboratory Network connects healthcare facilities, state and local labs, and CDC to quickly identify and contain drug-resistance before itcan spread. Learn more about the AR Lab Network in a free webinar, summarized on the latest Bugs and Drugs.

Monday, 16 April 2018 16:34

Watch where you step! Soil-dwelling bacteria may hold the key to the future of agriculture.

Monday, 16 April 2018 11:13

Strep throat isn’t just Strep anymore! The most recent organism linked to bacterial pharyngitis is the anaerobic bacterium Fusobacterium necrophorum. Find out how this and other organisms that cause pharyngitis are diagnosed.

Friday, 13 April 2018 16:28

Colistin resistance is now a worldwide issue. New ASM Journal articles uncover the molecular mechanism of colistin resistance, and uncover a natural product that may act to reverse resistance and render colistin once more effective.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:56

There are many options for newly graduated Ph.D.s and postdoctoral fellows like the lesser-known career as a Research Microbiologist in the United States Army. Dr. Gina Griffith did a postdoc at the United States Army Institute for Surgical Research and then was commissioned directly into the Army. She likes the growth potential and varied projects that come with being in the Army.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:32

The multiple simultaneous events at ASM Microbe mimic a multistage concert with many performing acts. This is exemplified by the Track Hubs, where interactive sessions are vying for your attention. Our Track Leaders talk about their favorite Hub events - which will you be attending?

Monday, 09 April 2018 16:31

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing is a common topic on Bugs & Drugs, but where to get started? The ASM-CLSI Webinar series is a great place to learn AST foundational concepts important for all clinical microbiologists.

Friday, 06 April 2018 17:35

What happens when uninfected cells meet several virus strains at once? A new Journal of Virology report asks this question using two different HPV strains. The report finds that some HPV strains are better at blocking superinfection with a second strain than others.

Monday, 02 April 2018 09:02

The genus Fusarium contains a globally distributed group of molds which cause severe infections in immunocompromised individuals – a population which is rapidly increasing due to recent advances in medicine. Here, we review diagnosis, treatment, and potential for prevention of infections caused by this organism.

Saturday, 31 March 2018 17:08

Duodenoscope contamination has been the source of hospital outbreaks, including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. A new scope surveillance culturing protocol hopes to prevent future outbreaks from occurring.

Friday, 30 March 2018 22:10

Why did cases of Legionnaires’ disease spike when the water source was changed for Flint, Michigan?

Friday, 30 March 2018 16:09

The new Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education issue focuses on science communication. Guest Editor Jesus Romo highlights articles about scicomm training for early-career scientists and using those skills for community and institutional engagement!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 17:57

A new Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy study reports a novel mechanism of ciprofloxacin resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Scientists identified a gene that phosphorylates the drug, inactivating its antibacterial activities.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:39

The first few months of a new job are critical in building your foundation for future success. But in all the excitement, many people miss the opportunity. If you take it slow, refine your presentation, and build your relationships, your first few months can be a springboard to your career development.

Monday, 26 March 2018 13:28

The CDC is warning about the possibility of gonorrhea becoming “untreatable”. In part one of a three-part series, we will discuss the long history of antimicrobial treatment for gonococcal infections, and find out why antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae has been classified as an urgent threat to public health.

Friday, 23 March 2018 17:39

An mBio report describes the first time an insect endosymbiont has been cultured in vitro. Culturing the Drosophila melanogaster endosymbiont bacteria, Spiroplasma poulsonii may allow the organisms to become the first genetically tractable insect-endosymbiont pair.

Friday, 23 March 2018 16:53

Agar Art—the process of using living microorganisms as “paint” on an agar “canvas”—shows people a side of microbiology that most never experience. As graduate student Sarah Adkins and her advisor, Dr. J. Jeffrey Morris, have discovered, it’s also a great motivator in the classroom.


Friday, 23 March 2018 16:08

How do gut microbiomes provide different nutrients to their hosts? Researchers have learned a lot from experiments on the fruit fly, with two recent mBio studies demonstrating a role of microbiome in providing essential nutrients for fly development.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:40

We give you tips on how to negotiate not just your salary, but other benefits too.  

Monday, 19 March 2018 11:06

Patients require care around the clock and clinical labs are a critical component of patient care. Clinical laboratory technologists work day - and night - to help make a difference.

Monday, 19 March 2018 09:42

These days, bacteria wear many hats as they become the fashion designers, artists, and architects of the future.