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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 flavor compound called phenylethyl acetate imparts a hint of rose or honey to wherever it’s found — a dab of perfume, a sip of wine, a slug of beer.

A group of prestigious not-for-profit scientific membership societies today announced the launch of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance.

Antibiotics can influence the swimming and swarming ability of multidrug-resistant bacteria, according to a new study in mSphere, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:11

Gut Fungi Could Play a Role in Obesity Epidemic

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A high-fat diet changes fungi in the gut and may play a role in the development of obesity, according to a new study.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:19

Study Identifies Whale Blow Microbiome

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A new study identified for the first time an extensive conserved group of bacteria within healthy humpback whales' blow.

Emerging evidence from a research study in rabbits suggests that environmental toxicants may influence inflammation-promoted chronic disease susceptibility during early life.

ASM partnered with Publons to support scientists who agree to serve as reviewers of manuscripts submitted to the ASM Journals.

At a swine farm with pigs carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, levels of MRSA among 95% of visitors became virtually undetectable only two hours after exposure. MRSA in the nasal passages was associated with exposure to airborne MRSA and not directly on physical contact with the animals.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:34

Researchers Identify Novel Way to Target Ebola

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Researchers have identified a potential new way to attack Ebola. Scientists have discovered that a protein called Tim-1 (T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-containing protein 1) plays a key role in the development of the cytokine storm seen in the last stages of Ebola infection. The research was published this week in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Cystic fibrosis patients have a wide variety of bacteria in their lungs, including two ‘predators’ not detected before, according to a new study of lung microorganisms published this week in mBio®, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. 

Antibiotic use on people or pets, and use of biocidal cleaning products such as bleach, are associated with multidrug resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the home. This contamination of the home environment may contribute to reinfection of both humans and animals with MRSA, and to subsequent failure of treatment. The research is published September 22nd  in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. 

Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that the mix of microorganisms that inhabit a person’s saliva are largely determined by the human host’s household. The study, published this week in mBio®, shows that early environmental influences play a far larger role than human genetics in shaping the salivary microbiome—the group of organisms that play a crucial role in oral and overall health.

A mother and infant in Malawi have the same repertoire of antibodies to Plasmodium falciparum, the malaria parasite. That suggests that boosting the mother’s immune response to malaria, as via vaccination, will result in better protection for the infant. The research is published August 23rd in Clinical and Vaccine Immunology.

Researchers have demonstrated a new, improved version of the Xpert  MTB/RIF assay, a test for Rifampicin-resistance (RIF-R). The Xpert “Ultra” assay overcomes the shortcomings of the current Xpert assay to significantly improve tuberculosis detection.

Nearly 20 percent of women aged 15-29 are diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI). Now, investigators have uncovered a rare mutation that renders a UTI-causing pathogen resistant to levofloxacin, a quinolone antibiotic used to treat UTIs. The research is published August 21st in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 09:38

Epigenetic Drugs Show Promise as Antivirals

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Some epigenetic pharmaceuticals have the potential to be used as broad spectrum antivirals, according to a study reported in a recent issue of the journal mBio. The study demonstrated that histone methyltransferases EZH2/1 inhibitors, which are being used in cancer clinical trials, have activity against a variety of viruses, including herpes simplex virus (HSV).

Specially designed plastic films can prevent bacterial contamination in the food and biomedical industries, according to research published August 11 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

A team of US researchers has discovered that three different species of Klebsiella bacteria can cause life-threatening infections in hospital patients and that all three share genes that confer resistance to the most commonly used antibiotics. 

For the first time, researchers have used whole genome sequencing to identify the cause of a zoonotic infection that sparked a national epidemic.

This week in mBio, an international group of scientists report on laboratory experiments suggesting that a novel LpxC inhibitor can treat multi-drug resistant bacterial infections, including many that originate in hospitals.

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