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ASM Global Outreach members Professor Shahida Hasnain and Dr. Samir Saha recieve UNESCO Prize

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:19

Study Identifies Whale Blow Microbiome

A new study identified for the first time an extensive conserved group of bacteria within healthy humpback whales' blow.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:11

Gut Fungi Could Play a Role in Obesity Epidemic

A high-fat diet changes fungi in the gut and may play a role in the development of obesity, according to a new study.

Emerging evidence from a research study in rabbits suggests that environmental toxicants may influence inflammation-promoted chronic disease susceptibility during early life.

Dr. Victor J. Torres was born in Puerto Rico and received his degree in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus. An editorial by Torres calls for compassion and aid for the scientific Puerto Rican community following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. 

ASM partnered with Publons to support scientists who agree to serve as reviewers of manuscripts submitted to the ASM Journals.

AAM member Joachim Frank among 2017 laureates in Chemistry

Monday, 02 October 2017 15:40

The importance of antiseptics

Antiseptics are found in both home and healthcare facilities and play an important role in infection prevention. We highlight a recent Applied and Environmental Microbiology study suggesting home use of antiseptics may contribute to MRSA spread and provide resources to review the mechanisms and applications of different chemical antiseptics.

At a swine farm with pigs carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, levels of MRSA among 95% of visitors became virtually undetectable only two hours after exposure. MRSA in the nasal passages was associated with exposure to airborne MRSA and not directly on physical contact with the animals.

Cystic fibrosis patients have a wide variety of bacteria in their lungs, including two ‘predators’ not detected before, according to a new study of lung microorganisms published this week in mBio®, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. 

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