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.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 14:37

Reconstructing a Lichen’s Molecular Architecture

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Researchers have generated the first images of the molecular architecture of the microbial community of a lichen.
Treating patients with recurrent C. difficile infection with microorganisms alone reduces symptoms at a rate many times higher than any drug or chemical.
The call for abstracts is now open for Microbe 2017, the premier microbiology conference hosted by the American Society for Microbiology. This is your opportunity to submit your important research in the microbial sciences to the largest scientific audience, with a 50% higher chance of presenting your research in an oral presentation.
The better scientists understand how Zika virus infects its human hosts, the more likely they are to understand and control the long-term effects of infection, including microcephaly. A new report in the Journal of Virology demonstrates that Zika virus can infect the maternal uterine lining, and that this infection has a distinct effect on the immune response from other viral infections.
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 17:37

In case you missed it: best of mBiosphere 2016

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From archaeal viruses to zoonotic diseases, the breadth of microbiology stories covered on mBiosphere in 2016 was impressive. Here are some of the best posts on mBiosphere from throughout this past year.