Report Addresses Challenges in Implementing New Diagnostic Tests Where They Are Needed Most

WASHINGTON, DC – June 8, 2012 – Easy-to-use, inexpensive tests to diagnose infectious diseases are urgently needed in resource-limited countries.  A new report based on an American Academy of Microbiology colloquium, Bringing the Lab to the Patient: Developing Point-of-Care Diagnostics for Resource Limited Settings describes the challenges inherent in bringing new medical devices and technologies to the areas of the world where they are needed most.


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Honoring the fundamental role of microbes in the natural history of our planet

WASHINGTON, DC – May 30, 2012 – Inspired by a 2009 colloquium on microbial evolution convened at the Galapagos Islands, a new book from ASM Press, Microbes and Evolution: The World That Darwin Never Saw celebrates Charles Darwin and his landmark publication On the Origin of Species. The editors compiled 40 first-person essays, written by microbiologists with a passion for evolutionary biology, to illuminate how each scientist’s thinking and career paths in science were influenced by Darwin’s seminal work.


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Antibiotics Boost Risk of Infection with Antifungal-Resistant Candida

Previous exposure to certain antibiotics could boost the risk of infection with drug-resistant strains of a severe fungal infection. Researchers report their findings in the May 2012 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.


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How one strain of MRSA becomes resistant to last-line antibiotic

WASHINGTON, DC – May 22, 2012 – Researchers have uncovered what makes one particular strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) so proficient at picking up resistance genes, such as the one that makes it resistant to vancomycin, the last line of defense for hospital-acquired infections.  They report their findings in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, on Tuesday May 22.Save


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Experimental Vaccine Elicits Robust Response Against Both HIV and Tuberculosis

Clinician researchers in China have developed a vaccine that acts simultaneously against HIV-1 and M. tuberculosis (Mtb). An estimated 14 million people worldwide are coinfected with the two pathogens. The research is published in the May 2012 issue of Clinical and Vaccine Immunology.


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