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Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:13

Uniting Against Drug Resistance on World TB Day

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Despite omission by the WHO on its priority list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, drug-resistant M. tuberculosis is an enormous problem worldwide. To highlight this issue as part of World TB Day, we summarize research areas that address drug discovery and drug susceptibility testing.
Light exposure affects A. baumannii drug susceptibility and pathogenesis in vitro. A new Journal of Bacteriology study on the A. baumannii global transcriptional response during light exposure may explain these observations.
Two new Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy reports cover the effects of obesity on infectious disease. They find obesity affects the patient response to antibiotics and recommend modifications that might improve health outcomes based on body weight.
An Applied and Environmental Microbiology study  found ubiquitous contamination of chicken products in the United States with clinically relevant E. coli strains, which has implications for urinary tract infection transmission. A new book from ASM Press describes UTIs in detail, from virulence mechanisms to clinical diagnoses and treatments.
Monday, 27 February 2017 16:12

Track your science at ASM Microbe 2017

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How can you pinpoint the related presentations and poster sessions among the amazing basic, applied, and clinical microbial science research represented at the conference? The Scientific Tracks at Microbe are designed to help organize the amazing science presented at the meeting. We spoke with the Track Leaders to get a summary of the amazing science covered in each Track.
A new mSphere study finds an association between pregnant women with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infection and the risk of ASD in their children. 
The first scientific report was recently accepted from an mSphereDirect submission, and we at ASM asked the senior scientist, Pat Schloss, about his experience.
Discovery and characterization of microbial polyester-degrading enzymes from a bog moss, described in a recent Applied and Environmental Microbiology report, may help recycle textile components.
Thursday, 09 February 2017 10:35

Melioidosis: the Most Neglected Tropical Disease

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“This is a disease so neglected, it’s missing from the WHO list of neglected tropical diseases,” says melioidosis expert David Dance. What is melioidosis, and why was there a full session at the 2017 Biothreats Conference dedicated to this disease?
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) hopes to prevent future outbreaks by generating, testing, and storing vaccines before outbreaks occur. How do you design a vaccine before a prevailing serotype is determined?
A new Journal of Clinical Microbiology report shows reproducibility of accurate bacterial genotyping derived by WGS-based methods.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 11:04

High-Protein Diet Could Reduce Obesity in Dogs

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A new study on dogs' diets could be used as an initial step toward using microbiotic information to customize pet diets. 
Researchers found several identical bacterial strains in the microbiomes of both infants and their mothers that were distinct from those found in other infants or mothers, a sign of vertical transmission.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:05

Advancing Phage Therapy

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New research suggests that phage superspreaders may help drive bacterial evolution in natural environments.
Friday, 13 January 2017 16:26

Outbreak of H7N2 Flu Virus in Cats

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Few people think of cats when they think of influenza virus carriers, but an H7N2 influenza outbreak has struck a Queens cat shelter. We discuss the ability of H7 influenza viruses to cross the species barrier based on a recent Journal of Virology report.
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 18:25

Top 10 Things You Need to Know about mSphereDirect

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The groundbreaking new mSphereDirect submission path puts you in control of getting your original research reviewed and published as soon as possible.  We’ve prepared the most important things to keep in mind while preparing your manuscript submission!
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 14:35

Recycling Iron in the Ocean

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Scientists used a variety of -omics tools to study the mechanisms used by Roseobacter bacteria to take in and use iron in the ocean.
Researchers take a closer look at how flaviviruses manipulates the cellular translation and stress machineries during infection.
A new report finds that Salmonella requires a specific pattern of gene expression to enable its persistent colonization on tomato plants, which helps it to be a successful foodborne pathogen.
A new study is the first step in understanding the microbiome of the Arctic Inuit community, and also in finding ways to prevent mercury poisoning.
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