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“Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, 2nd Edition,” Editor in Chief: Henry D. Isenberg, Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The collaborative efforts of over 140 experienced clinical microbiologists, laboratory supervisors, and laboratory technologists are included in the new edition of the “Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook.” This well-respected reference continues to serve as the sole major publication providing step-by-step descriptions that enable clinical microbiologists and their staffs to perform all analyses and their control from the receipt of the specimen to the final report. In response to the ever-changing needs and responsibilities of the clinical microbiology community, three brand-new sections have been added, covering procedures for coding and reimbursement, specimen collection and transport, and bioterrorism. Procedures are formatted to adhere to the GP2-A document of the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS). As an added feature, procedures are now divided into preanalytical, analytical, and postanalytical considerations.  “Immunology, Infection, and Immunity,” edited by Gerald B. Pier, Harvard Medical School; Jeffrey B. Lyczak, Harvard Medical School; Lee M. Wetzler, Boston University School of Medicine. With a focus on the relatedness of immunology and microbiology, “Immunology, Infection, and Immunity” covers both the foundation concepts of immunology, among the most exciting in modern biology and medicine, and their application to the real world of diseases and health. This new text combines clear narratives of how the immune system functions relying in many instances on supporting data from experiments. The editors use examples and illustrations depicting basic immunologic processes in conjunction with their role in infectious or other diseases in order to teach both basic and applied aspects of immunology. Ideally suited for upper division and graduate level students as well as medical and dental students with a good background in basic biology, biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology, the text complements traditional views and dogmas about immunology with today's cutting edge ideas and experimental data describing how the immune system works. 

Academy Releases Report on Microbial Genomics
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The American Academy of Microbiology recently released, “The Global Genome Question: Microbes as the Key to Understanding Evolution and Ecology.” This new report examines the current state of knowledge of microbial genomics, the technical challenges of using genomics in microbial systems, and the achievements that may now be possible by applying genomics to the study of microbiology.

Waksman Foundation for Microbiology Lecture Program
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The Waksman Foundation for Microbiology Lecture (WFML) Program's 2004 - 2005 roster is now available online. The WFML Program is supported by the American Society for Microbiology and the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology to provide ASM Branches with outstanding speakers at their scientific meetings. The Lecture Committee selects only the most distinguished lecturers and researchers for participation in the program. The WFML Program was established in 1963 and is administered by ASM’s Office of Branch Activities. Funding for the Lecture Program is restricted to ASM Branch and Regional Meetings.

Packing and Shipping Audioconference Available Online
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The Audioconference, Packing and Shipping Diagnostic Specimens and Infectious Substances has been converted to an web-streaming format and is now available online. There is a charge to listen to this conference.

Focus on Microbiology Education Newsletter
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The “Focus on Microbiology Education” newsmagazine published four times a year, provides a venue for faculty to discuss issues in microbiology education, share practical and current activities for improving teaching and learning activities, and learn new teaching skills. The goal of the newsmagazine is to provide technical, yet practical and feasible advice, for improving teaching and learning in the microbiological sciences.

ASM Resumes Processing Manuscripts from Embargoed Countries
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On April 5, 2004, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control issued an Interpretative Ruling acknowledging that OFAC does not regulate the important peer review process, or the process of style and copyediting, with respect to scholarly papers submitted by authors in Cuba, Iraq, Libya, or the Sudan. The ruling makes it clear that scientific communities in those countries may publish their works in U.S. scholarly journals.