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ASM Attends UN General Assembly

ASM President, Susan Sharp, Ph.D., joined global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York today in a historical meeting to focus on the commitment to fight AMR.

UN General Assembly Focuses on AMR

Leaders at the UN General Assembly draft a plan for coordinated, cross-cutting efforts to improve the current state of AMR.

Superbugs are a 'Fundamental Threat'

If antibiotics were telephones, we would still be calling each other using clunky rotary dials and copper lines," Stefano Bertuzzi, CEO of ASM, told NBC News.
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Executive Summary

The proceedings of the colloquium on the "Scientific Foundations of Bioremediation: Current Status and Future Needs" represents a continuation of a newly-initiated program of the American Academy of Microbiology to provide summary statements on timely and important scientific issues for scientists, specifically those issues with broad implications for society at large. The colloquium represents a convergence of recognition of a need for an evaluation of the scientific underpinning of bioremediation, a subject of intense public interest, and a need for bioremediation to be applied to problems of pollution such as that arising from the recent oil spill in Alaska. A request from the Public and Scientific Affairs Board of the American Society for Microbiology for a document addressing the scientific foundations of bioremediation served as the galvanizing force for initiating the colloquium.

The colloquium undertook as its charge to gather together a group of internationally recognized experts in the multidisciplinary fields which have an impact on bioremediation. The group of experts which was brought together evaluated the current state and future needs of the science underlying the technology of bioremediation. An excellent consensus was derived as to the currently available information and that which should be gathered to ensure progress in bioremediation as a scientifically based alternative for dealing with the problems of environmental pollution. The findings of this colloquium will be of great value to governmental agencies and certainly will serve scientists in the field of environmental biotechnology well as a seminal document for the rapidly developing field.