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The ASM Communications program is governed by the ASM Communications Committee, a committee of ASM member microbiologist volunteers. The vision of the ASM Communications Committee is universal understanding and appreciation of microbes.

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Rethink Education to Fuel Bioeconomy Says Report

WASHINGTON, DC – April 15, 2014 – Microbes can be highly efficient, versatile and sophisticated manufacturing tools, and have the potential to form the basis of a vibrant economic sector.  In order to take full advantage of the opportunity microbial-based industry can offer, though, educators need to rethink how future microbiologists...


Intranasal Vaccine Protects Mice against West Nile Infection

WASHINGTON, DC – January 28, 2013 – Researchers from Duke University have developed a nasal vaccine formulation that provides protective immunity against West Nile virus (WNV) infection in mice after only 2 doses.  They present their findings at the 2014 American Society for Microbiology Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting.


Bacterial Toxin a Potential Trigger for Multiple Sclerosis

WASHINGTON, DC – January 28, 2014 –  Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have added to the growing body of evidence that multiple sclerosis may be triggered by a toxin produced by common foodborne bacteria. The presented their research at the 2014 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting.


ASM Statement on the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – January 17, 2014 – The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the largest single life sciences Society with 39,000 members, commends Congress on the passage of the omnibus spending bill funding the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year 2014.  The passage of this bill represents a...


Cultures: A Small Magazine Tackling Big Issues

WASHINGTON, DC -- January 13, 2014 -- The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) announces a new quarterly publication, Cultures, that explores the intersection of science, policy, and the global challenges we all share by bringing diverse voices to a common platform.


Report Answers Questions about the Human Microbiome and Its Role in Health, Obesity

WASHINGTON, DC – January 9, 2014 – The human microbiome, the collection of trillions of microbes living in and on the human body, is not random, and scientists believe that it plays a role in many basic life processes. As science continues to explore and better understand the role of the...


New Drug Candidates Show Promise for Cure for Chagas Disease

WASHINGTON, DC – December 26, 2013 – A team of researchers from Canada has developed a class of compounds which may help eradicate a neglected tropical disease that is currently hard to kill in its chronic form. The research was published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.


H. pylori Vaccine Shows Promise in Mouse Studies

WASHINGTON, DC – December 19, 2013 – Researchers from Southern Medical University in Guangdong, Guangzhou, China, have developed an oral vaccine against Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria responsible for peptic ulcers and some forms of gastric cancer, and have successfully tested it in mice. The research is published ahead of print in the...


New Compound Could Reverse Loss of Muscle Mass in Cancer and Other Diseases

WASHINGTON, DC – December 18, 2013 – A new antibody could dramatically boost strength and muscle mass in patients with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sporadic inclusion body myositis, and in elderly patients with sarcopenia according to research published ahead of print in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology.


MRSA Strain Gained Dominance with Help from Skin Bacteria

WASHINGTON, DC – December 17, 2013 – Scientists believe they have an explanation for how the most common strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus  (MRSA) rapidly rose to prominence. Research published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, suggests that the strain recently acquired a number of genes from common...