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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.

Researchers have found a way to reduce the dosage of drugs that treat tuberculosis, and their negative side effects, without compromising effectiveness. 

New research shows that the bacteria that cause Legionnaire’s disease grow well in warm tap water installations with ample dissolved organic matter.

Researchers have characterized the gut microbiome of the Canadian Artic Inuit. Their diversity of gut microbes is remarkably similar to their urban counterparts.

A new antiviral drug has been found to inhibit an important pathogen in the world of aquaculture.

An international team of researchers has spatially mapped molecules produced by an intact, complex microbial community for the first time

Results from a placebo-controlled trial provide a strategy for improving fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) for patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infection.

A team of researchers has developed a portable detection system that can rapidly identify some of the most virulent, often multi-drug resistant pathogens.

Thursday, 15 December 2016 16:38

33 ASM Members Named AAAS Fellows

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Washington, DC - December 15, 2016 - This year, 33 members of the American Society for Microbiology were named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is a prestigious honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year, 391 members of AAAS were awarded this honor for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

To keep laboratory professionals up to date, ASM Press has published three new clinical microbiology references focused on microbial diagnostics that support treatment decisions.

After much discussion of the new opportunities in publishing, ASM is proud to announce mSphereDirect, a new pathway of manuscript review and submission for mSphere, ASM’s pan-microbial, open-access science journal.

Here’s a glimpse of the most popular research stories from ASM’s journals that were covered in the news this year.

Bacteria that carry a transmissible carbapenem resistance gene have been found in agricultural animals in the United States for the first time, a new study shows.

New research now suggests that the health benefits arise from communication between the probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus paracasei, and the human host.

This week in mBio, a team of researchers functionally characterized some identified radiation resistance genes in the fungi Cryptococcus neoformans.

New research shows that bacteria found in soil and water inhibit the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium which causes life threatening infections in patients with cystic fibrosis.

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Washington D.C.—  November 21, 2016 — Amy L. Chang of the American Society for Microbiology has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Washington, DC – November 18, 2016 – A new study from the University of Leicester shows that small amounts of damage to salad leaves in bagged salads encourage the presence of Salmonella enterica. Juices released from damaged leaves also enhance the pathogen’s ability to attach to the salad’s plastic container. The research is published November 18th in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

WASHINGTON, DC – November 16, 2016 – Automated teller machine keypads in New York City have plenty of microbes but they’re mostly from normal human skin, household surfaces or traces of food, according to a study published this week in mSphere, an open access journal from the American Society for Microbiology.

Washington, DC – November 11, 2016 – Pesticide exposure in farmworkers from agricultural communities is associated with changes in the oral microbiome. This is the first study to demonstrate such a correlation in humans. The research is published November 11th in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.