Microbial Sciences

Explorations of the microbial sciences and a look at the many ways microbiology touches the world around us.
Articles are written by a volunteer team of ASM members.

Friday, 02 June 2017 10:50

Watch videos from Microbe 2017

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ASM traveled to New Orleans for Microbe 2017 and we brought our cameras to capture some of the great content!
Long before microscopes were invented, ancient physicians and scholars imagined the existence of microbes.
Ever since she was a little girl, Dr. Kathleen “Kate” Rubins knew she wanted to be a scientist. She conducted experiments in her backyard and later, in high school, worked with a group at her local county public health department on peer-to-peer research, infection and patient management on HIV. “I was hooked,” Rubins says. “From that moment on, I wanted to understand HIV infection from both the research and the medical side.”
How did life as we know it come to be and how can caves help us understand the microbial world? Here, we take a look at how cave microbes give us clues into the evolution of aerobic life, extremophiles, and antimicrobial resistance.
Friday, 05 May 2017 13:38

Siderophores: Bacterial iron scavengers

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Iron is crucial for nearly all cells, including bacterial pathogens. But how do they get enough to cause infections?
How does getting injected with live parasites sound to you? This World Immunization Week we explore a new vaccine that might just change your mind.
Little is known about microbial environments in the atmosphere, the layer of gases that is common to all surfaces around the globe. On Earth Day 2017, we take a look at the world of airborne microbes.
Friday, 14 April 2017 14:37

Haunts of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

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Retrace the steps of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek in his home city of Delft in the Netherlands, where microbiology began.
Saturday, 08 April 2017 02:29

Health Status Disparities and the Microbiome

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Multidisciplinary research is beginning to unveil connections between the gut microbiome and human health status disparities.
How is chocolate made? What gives this simple seed its unique and irresistible flavor? For that, we can thank microbes and the metabolic process of fermentation.
Bypassing the slow growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis with computer models provides new ways to learn about the disease.
Who took the first photograph through a microscope and who took the first photograph of a microbe?
A virus with Frankenstein-like symptoms. A virus that only infects insects. What could scientists accomplish by combining the two?
Friday, 24 February 2017 12:44

Putting Evolution to the Test

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Microbes are great tools to study evolutionary biology.  The ability to carry out long term experiments in both model and complex systems, and derive genome information from progeny strains has revolutionized the study of evolution.
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.
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.
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, 19 January 2017 16:57

A Microbial Death Star

Believe it or not, there is a lot of similarity between the Star Wars saga and the battle that rages in AIDS patients with cryptococcal meningitis.    
Friday, 13 January 2017 13:11

Peanuts and Probiotics

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Good for your gut… and your garden? Microbes can help (or hinder) plant growth and help modern agriculture get back to its roots.  
Still looking for a New Year’s Resolution? Try drawing inspiration from some of the super-resolution microscopy work of 2016.
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