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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.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:53

Probiotic Gets a Boost from Breast Milk

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Supplementation with probiotics can improve a person's gut health, but the benefits are often fleeting, and colonization by the probiotic's good microbes usually doesn't last. Breast milk may help sustain those colonies in the long run, say researchers at the University of California, Davis.

In a study published in mBio, researchers connect the onset and severity of mono to T-cells that react to both EBV and the influenza A virus.

Fermented sausages can vary in taste quality depending on whether the fermentations begin “spontaneously”, or using a commercial starter culture. A team of Italian investigators found that commercial starter culture produced sausages with higher acidity, and inferior taste, as compared with spontaneous fermentation.

Up to 91 percent of bacterial strains causing a common type of invasive serogroup B meningococcal disease in children and young adults express at least one of the antigens contained in a four-component vaccine called MenB-4C (Bexsero), according to laboratory studies conducted by investigators at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and at GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturers of the vaccine.

Researchers demonstrate using a mouse model that engineered nanosponges can be used to protect eyes from infections caused by Enterococcus faecalis.

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.

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