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To characterize the genes of newly identified bacteria, microbiologists often introduce mutations within the bacteria using mobile DNA segments called transposons to study the impact of these mutations.

Written by Katherine J. Wozniak | Tn-seq allowed researchers in two recent mBio publications to screen entire bacterial genomes to identify genes involved in surviving during nutrient deprivation.

Bacteria and fungi colonize the rubber seals of dishwashers in biofilms—which are thin, slimy, hard-to-eradicate films of these microbes that adhere to surfaces. Investigators have now shown that the diversity of species in the biofilms correlates most strongly with the age of the dishwasher, its frequency of use, and the hardness of the tap water.

In January, the American Academy of Microbiology elected 96 new Fellows. Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group within the ASM, are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Scott Kelley's advice for those new to computational biology? "Don’t be afraid! Relax and enjoy the puzzle-like nature of bioinformatics!" Kelley has co-authored a new ASM Press textbook that breaks algorithms down to their basic elements. ASM interviewed him to understand his inspiration behind the textbook.

Monday, 08 January 2018 16:16

January 2018 ASMClinMicro News Round-Up

A new year brings new career-promoting events and ways to participate in the ASM clin micro community. We summarize the latest in the first Bugs & Drugs post of 2018!

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 09:55

Tuberculosis Drugs Work Better With Vitamin C

Studies in mice and in tissue cultures suggest that giving vitamin C with tuberculosis drugs could reduce the unusually long time it takes these drugs to eradicate this pathogen.

Written by Erica Bizzell | How do fungi interact with our gut microbiome? Advances in detection and characterization techniques are now allowing researchers to uncover the importance of the fungal members of the intestinal community

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 11:35

Best of ASM Blogs 2017

Thanks to readers and writers alike for making 2017 a spectacular year ASM Blogs! Not only did we highlight top research from ASM Journals in mBiosphere, we also helped young scientists with career advice, professional development and career exploration in the ASM Careers blog, and explored the many ways microbiology affects the world around us in Microbial Sciences.

Microbiologists report this week in mBio that the bacterium Chromobacterium piscinae produces cyanide when under attack from Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus HD100, a microbial predator found in rivers and soils that ingests its prey from the inside out.

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