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Welcome to ASM's Newsroom, a resource for journalists seeking information relating to the microbiological sciences. Members of the media and the general public can access current and archived press releases highlighting the latest research published in ASM's journals or presented at our meetings.

A team of researchers has now engineered a virus nanoparticle vaccine against Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis, tier 1 agents that pose serious threats to national security of the United States.

Four new Governors have been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology’s Board of Governors. Gail Cassell, Lynn Enquist, Mary Estes, and Carey-Ann Burnham will join the Board of Governors for their three-year terms, effective immediately. The ASM and the American Academy of Microbiology (Academy) are excited to welcome this new leadership and look forward to serving the mission of the Academy with them.

A study published this week in mSphere suggests that infants, who are vulnerable to an array of infectious diseases, may have a microbial ally in keeping antibiotic-resistant infections at bay. 

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) congratulates the House for passing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPIA) which includes the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) provision.

The United States announced today, during the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, The AMR Challenge—the most ambitious global initiative to date to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance (AR or AMR). 

Using an artificial intestine they created, researchers showed that the microbiome could quickly adapt to a switch from the medium resembling a western diet to one composed exclusively of dietary fats.. That adaptation involved an increase in the populations of fatty-acid metabolizing species, and a drop in those of protein and carbohydrate metabolizers.

An international team of researchers has successfully deployed a Zika virus vaccine to target and kill human glioblastoma brain cancer stem cells, which had been transplanted into mice. In a study published this week in mBio®, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, the team shows that a live, attenuated version of the Zika virus could form the basis of a new treatment option for this fatal brain cancer. 

Exposure to banned nerve agents remains a major public health concern globally. One main problem is the difficulty of determining whether an exposure has occurred. Now, a new study demonstrates that the mammalian microbiome can act as a “sentinel” due to its high responsiveness to exposure

Dr. Juan S. Ramirez Lugo, a plenary speaker at ASM’s 2018 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), has mobilized a funding program to preserve and restore the Puerto Rican scientific community after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:27

Carrier Status Matters in Foot-and-Mouth Disease

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Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is believed to be one of the most contagious pathogens of animals in its acute form; however, there is still controversy over whether it is transmissible from asymptomatic, long-term carriers. Despite the lack of evidence for transmission by direct contact with FMDV carrier cattle, there is demonstrable contagion associated with these animals, according to a new study.

Thursday, 06 September 2018 09:17

Announcing the 2019 ASM Award Winners

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The 2018 American Society for Microbiology awards in research, education, and leadership have now been announced. ASM would like to congratulate all award winners for their achievements.

In an unexpected research finding infections with the intestinal parasite, Cryptosporidium parvum, worsened in mice that had been given a probiotic.

An international team of researchers has shown that immersing city dwellers in the traditional lifestyle and diet of a rainforest village for two weeks increases the diversity of the visiting children’s—but not the adults’—gut microbiota.

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) doesn't directly cause cancer, but infection with this common herpes virus brings an increased risk of some cancers, including fast-growing lymphomas. This week in mSphere, researchers report on a new drug that works by targeting EBV-positive tumors. 

Elderly individuals with fewer teeth, poor dental hygiene, and more cavities constantly ingest more dysbiotic microbiota, which could be harmful to their respiratory health, according to new research published in the journal mSphere. The findings come from a large, population-based study that identified variations in the tongue microbiota among community-dwelling elderly adults in Japan.

Women in Microbiology, a new collection of stories about extraordinary female scientists, is now available from ASM Press. The collection profiles influential microbiologists through the eyes of their former students and trainees, highlighting their remarkable scientific achievements and their contributions to mentoring the next generation of scientists.

An international team of researchers recently took a deep dive into the microbiome of blood-sucking medicinal leeches and made a surprising observation: low levels of antibiotics in the animal's environment improved the survival of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in its gut. Those resistant bacteria, in turn, displaced healthy bacteria.

The concentration of enterococci, bacteria that thrive in feces, has long been the federal standard for determining water quality. Researchers have now shown that the greatest influences on that concentration are the quantity of mammalian feces in the water, and the numbers of enterococci that glom onto floating particulate matter.

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Society of Virology (ASV), making ASM’s Journal of Virology an ASV’s affiliated journal.

Researchers have shown that higher levels of Plasmodium falciparum antibodies are protective against severe malaria in children living in Papua New Guinea. Children who have higher levels of antibodies to a specific short amino acid sequence in the malaria parasite, P. falciparum, have much lower rates of clinical and severe malaria.

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