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Thursday, 30 March 2017 17:10

Several recently published mBio studies describe new mechanisms of intrinsic antibiotic resistance. These mechanisms may themselves become therapeutic targets to broaden the application of currently available drugs.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 09:53

Graduate school is no walk in the park, and the first year can be especially hard because of the challenges that come with being in a new environment, learning what is expected of you, and the rigors of balancing lab work and classes. Many students end up feeling helpless, overwhelmed, and lost. We asked current graduate students about their first-year experiences and what advice they have for surviving the first year of graduate school.

Monday, 27 March 2017 10:33

In the era of antimicrobial resistance, the introduction of a new antibiotic is an eagerly anticipated event. But when clinicians learn that antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) for the antibiotic is not yet available, they are often confused and frustrated. Find out why the introduction of AST lags behind antimicrobial development and approval and what can be done to accelerate the process.​

Monday, 27 March 2017 09:19

Team outreach can help improve the environment in your lab, provide students with experience outside of the lab, and bolster team communication. Students gain insight into careers in scientific outreach while your lab builds a feeling of community in knowing that they are involved in work that is making a difference. 

Friday, 24 March 2017 07:30

Bypassing the slow growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis with computer models provides new ways to learn about the disease.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:13

Despite omission by the WHO on its priority list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, drug-resistant M. tuberculosis is an enormous problem worldwide. To highlight this issue as part of World TB Day, we summarize research areas that address drug discovery and drug susceptibility testing.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 16:09

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. In 2015, there were 10.4 million new cases of TB and 1.4 million died from the disease. These numbers are so stark partly because TB is one of the leading causes of death for those living with HIV. This is despite the fact that with a timely diagnosis and proper treatment, most people who develop TB disease can be cured. The increase in multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB, with an estimated 480,000 cases in 2015, is further cause for concern.  

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:48

Your first year of graduate school will probably consist of taking classes and doing lab rotations, a trial period to assess a lab and its people, while they assess you, to determine if it’s a good match. Rotations are like dating for a long-term relationship but with research and mentors. How many rotations do you do? How do you pick rotation labs? And, how long do you stay?

Monday, 20 March 2017 09:50

In 2012, Dr. Amy Briggs, an Assistant Professor of Biology at Beloit College attended the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) for the first time. “That conference was transformational for me; it was the most friendly, fun, inspiring, and engaging conference I had ever attended, and it made me want to become a part of that community and get further involved,” she says.

Monday, 20 March 2017 09:47

Scientists are searching for better antimicrobial therapies, diagnostic assays, and prevention tactics for the increasing issue of Clostridium difficile infection. This Hot Topics highlights ASM resources to stay up-to-date on the latest research.

Monday, 20 March 2017 08:37

The President's budget, by slashing science investments, will consequently hinder evidence-based policy making

Friday, 17 March 2017 21:04

Who took the first photograph through a microscope and who took the first photograph of a microbe?

Friday, 17 March 2017 09:58

Light exposure affects A. baumannii drug susceptibility and pathogenesis in vitro. A new Journal of Bacteriology study on the A. baumannii global transcriptional response during light exposure may explain these observations.

Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:22

If you work in the crucial field of science communication, or know someone who does, now is your chance to have your work published alongside your peers’ in a special themed issue of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) to be published in spring 2018.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:58

When Bryan Crable was a graduate student, he attended an ASM conference and learned about research in the government sector at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He later decided to do a postdoc there and now is a Research Scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory. He shares what makes networking worthwhile and what helped him in his career.

Friday, 10 March 2017 17:34

Have you ever encountered an isolate of Staphylococcus that gave you seemingly discordant susceptibility results? You'd be lying if you said "no"! Learn how your lab can sort out staphylococcal susceptibility testing dilemmas.

Friday, 10 March 2017 10:30

Two new Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy reports cover the effects of obesity on infectious disease. They find obesity affects the patient response to antibiotics and recommend modifications that might improve health outcomes based on body weight.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 14:07

On International Women’s Day, we hear from women about their perspectives on thriving in the sciences. They recommend that women be more confident and find key mentors that can guide them through the initial stages of their career. They encourage all women to be supportive of other women and their choices.

Friday, 03 March 2017 17:33

An Applied and Environmental Microbiology study  found ubiquitous contamination of chicken products in the United States with clinically relevant E. coli strains, which has implications for urinary tract infection transmission. A new book from ASM Press describes UTIs in detail, from virulence mechanisms to clinical diagnoses and treatments.

Friday, 03 March 2017 13:49

A virus with Frankenstein-like symptoms. A virus that only infects insects. What could scientists accomplish by combining the two?