Monday, 02 July 2018 15:26

Microbial Minutes: New Phage Research Center, Syphilis Research Breakthrough, and Polio Updates

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What's hot in the microbial sciences? ASM summarizes microbiology news and reports in Microbial Minutes, a biweekly news roundup. Watch the YouTube session for summaries and major findings, and read the reports and news coverage for yourself below. What should we highlight next time? Leave a suggestion in our comments section!


Syphilis Bacterium Can Be Grown in Culture

Edmondson DG et al.Long-term in vitro culture of the syphilis spirochete Treponema pallidumsubsp. pallidummBio9(3). June 26 2018.



Gonococcus Gene Expression Varies between Males + Females

Nudel K et al.Transcriptome analysis of Neisseria gonorrhoeaeduring natural infection reveals differential expression of antibiotic resistance determinants between men and women. mSphere3(3). June 27 2018.



New Single-Dose Drug to Treat Flu May Be Approved

Roche Investor Update: FDA grants Priority Review to Roche’s baloxavir marboxil for the treatment of influenza



Engineered Poliovirus Shows Promise for Cancer Patients

Desjardins A et al.Recurrent glioblastoma treated with recombinant poliovirus. New England Journal of Medicine. June 26 2018.



Polio news: cVDPV1 confirmed in Papa New Guinea. Outbreak News Today. June 23 2018.


U.S. Phage Clinical Research Center Opens in San Diego

Kelly Servick. Can bacteria-slaying viruses defeat antibiotic-resistant infections? A new U.S. clinical center aims to find out. Science. June 21 2018. 


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Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf is the ASM Science Communications Specialist. She contributes to the ASM social media and blog network and hosts the Meet the Microbiologist podcast. She also runs workshops at ASM conferences to help scientists improve their own communication skills. Follow Julie on Twitter for more ASM and microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.

Julie earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, focusing on medical mycology and infectious disease. Outside of her work at ASM, she maintains a strong commitment to scientific education and teaches molecular biology at the community biolab, Genspace. She lives in beautiful New York City.