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ASM GM 2015 - Metabolic Activity Of The Skin Microbiome: Is Our First Line Of Defense Sleeping On The Job

 


The skin microbiome is considered our first line of defense against pathogens. Across our bodies, we are covered with a diverse assemblage of bacteria. Panelists will discuss how the skin can be a harsh environment for beneficial bacteria to live on and how these suboptimal con... Read More

TWiV 339: Herpes and the sashimi plot

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler Read More

ASM GM 2015 - Prevalence of Streptococcus mutans serotype k in American School Children

 


Presenters discuss prevalence of a recently discovered serotype of oral bacterium, with a possible link to a number of systemic diseases that was found for the first time in a small cohort of African-American schoolchildren in a southwest Alabama town.


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ASM GM 2015 - A Critical Role of the Plant Microbiome for Immunocompetency

 


Panelists discuss how much like the microbes in our gut, the plant microbiome also elicits a low-level immune response in the host plant. The researchers try to unravel the complexity of the plant microbiome to understand its functions and benefits to plant health.


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ASM GM 2015 - Human Papillomavirus Vaccination: What Are College Students Thinking?

Panelists discuss their preliminary results from a survey of 192 Oakland University undergraduate female students that revealed that although a vast majority of them are aware ... Read More

ASM Live 2015 - The Live Internet Talk Show

Come join us and be a part of the audience at ASM Live, the live internet talk show of asm2015 targeted towards health reporters and science writers highlighting various sessions and presentations at the meeting. Microbiologi... Read More

TWiP 90: A carbuncle is a large furuncle

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss identification of an erythrocyte protein essential for invasion of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.


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TWiP 90 letters

 


Christine writes:


Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,


I think the latest case describes cutaneous furuncular myiasis.


The lesion on the young man's buttock is suggestive of a botfly infection with the larvae most likely of the species Derm... Read More

Controlling typhoid bacterium key to prevent gallbladder cancer in India and Pakistan

Controlling bacterial infections responsible for typhoid fever could dramatically reduce the risk of gallbladder cancer in India and Pakistan, according to a study published by Cell Press May 28th in Cell Host & Microbe. The findings establish for the first time the causal link between bacterial... Read More

New findings shed light on complexities of emerging zoonotic malaria

Zoonotic malaria has been shown to be caused by two genetically distinct Plasmodium knowlesi parasite subpopulations associated with different monkey host species in Malaysia, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens. The authors believe this could have important implications for ho... Read More

Unknown Red/Pink Yeast

Unknown yeast, possible Rhodotorula sp., isolated on TSA from a swab taken from the bottom of a shoe incubated at 25 and 37 degrees C. Red/Pink, highly mucoid colonies were seen after 2 weeks at 25 degrees (image) and pin point colonies seen at 37 degrees C after 2 weeks. The 25 degree plate h... Read More

Viruses in the extreme

Many microbes live in extreme environments, encountering conditions that are very hot, very cold, highly acidic, or very salty. The viruses that infect such microbes must also be able to retain infectivity in extreme conditions. How do they do it?

Clues come from the observations that the gen... Read More

Study in Nigeria finds 1 in 10 malaria drugs are poor quality

A rigorous analysis of more than 3,000 antimalarials purchased in Enugu, Nigeria found 9.3% to be of poor quality, according to new research published in PLOS ONE. Read More

Study identifies Ebola virus's Achilles' heel

An international team including scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has identified the molecular "lock" that the deadly Ebola virus must pick to gain entry to cells. The findings,... Read More

Unknown Bacillus

Unknown Bacillus isolated on TSA from a swab taken from the bottom of a shoe. Organism was incubated at both 25 and 37 degrees C with growth on the 37 degree plate after 1 week. No growth was seen on the 25 degree plate. Colonies were orangish/yellow, lobate margins, and mucoid at the edges ... Read More

Yellow Unknown Yeast

Unknown yeast isolated on TSA from a swab taken from the bottom of a shoe incubated at 25 degrees C. Yellow, mucoid, round colonies were seen after 2 weeks. This isolate grew equally well at 37 degree C with a growth time of ~ 1 week. Read More

Call for Entries! ASM's 2015 Agar Art Contest

What microbial masterpieces can you create? 


Plate your artistry, creating a unique piece of agar art and then add a short description of your piece that engages a broad audience.


Anyone with an active ASM membership is eligible to compete. Winners will receive a free ASM... Read More

Overexpression of Enterococcus faecalis elr operon protects from phagocytosis

This study investigates how the overexpression of a specific ORF affects the virulence of E. faecalis. Read More

Mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever

Males aren't relevant -- at least when it comes to disease transmission by mosquitoes.

Researchers with the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech have identified a gene responsible for sex determination in mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. Read More

Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (video)

A very well done video profile of the Doherty Institute.

A world-class institute combining research into infectious disease and immunity with teaching excellence.
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