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Announcing ASM's Agar Art 2016 Winners

Thank you to everyone who created a log phase masterpiece, to our esteemed judges, and to everyone who voted for People's Choice on Facebook! We received 117 amazing entries from 26 countries and 17 U.S. states. Special congratulations to our winners! View this year’s winners... Read More

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S

For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal "the end of the road" for antibiotics.

The antibiotic-resistant strain was fou... Read More

Predicting UTI antibiotic resistance

By now, the news of a colistin-resistant E. coli isolate from a patient in the United States is widespread, with many major news sources covering the story. Most outlets highlighted the ease of future transfer of the plamid-borne mcr-1 gene between bacteria, the role of agricultural antibiotic u... Read More

BacterioFiles 253 - Probiotics Promote Protective Pathway

This episode: In mice and fruit flies, Lactobacillus species induce gut cells to protect themselves from reactive oxygen compounds!


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A microbial mystery in the Namib Desert

The Namib Desert is different than other deserts: it has an unusual geographic feature that differentiates it from most others. This desert (map, right) is where you can find ‘fairy circles,’ or circular areas absent of growth in an already plant-scarce environment. These deadened circles are su... Read More

TWiV 392: Zika virus!

Four virologists discuss our current understanding of Zika virus biology, pathogenesis, transmission, and prevention, in this special live episode recorded at the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, DC.


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TWiV 391: Whiter reefs, fresh breath

If you have always wanted to know what coral reefs and the human oral cavity have in common, listen as guests David Pride and Forest Rohwer talk about their work on the microbiomes and viromes of these two environments, and you'll also understand why mucus is cool.


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TWiV 394: Cards in a hand

Vincent and Alan speak with Erica Ollmann Saphire about her career and her work on understanding the functions of proteins of Ebolaviruses, Marburg virus, and other hemorrhagic fever viruses, at ASM Microbe 2016 in Boston, MA.


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BacterioFiles 254 - Clostridium Consolidates Combustibles Conversion

This episode: Engineering bacteria to convert cellulose directly into useful biofuels and chemicals can be tricky!


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Dispatches from ASM Microbe - Sunday

We’ve had a whirlwind of amazing talks, poster sessions, and networking sessions so far at ASM Microbe 2016. In our previous two Dispatches from ASM Microbe, we’ve covered microbiomes, for which research ranges from extremely basic (Which microbes are present? How do we quantify them?) to clinic... Read More

Are Viruses Alive?

Plenty of people have weighed in on the question, 'Are Viruses Alive?' Here is my answer - different from all the others. Read More

BacterioFiles 255 - Colonizer Controls Carrier Cultivation

This episode: Some bacteria seem to cause slime mold amoebas to carry around other bacteria for food!


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War and peace in the human gut: Probing the microbiome

Human well being often flourishes under conditions of cooperation with others and flounders during periods of external conflict and strife.

According to Athena Aktipis, a researcher at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, microbes within the body--collectively known as the microbi... Read More

Microbial Conversations: A free ASM public science event @ the MIT Museum THIS SATURDAY, June 18!

Whether you're in town for ASM Microbe 2016 and looking for something to do with friends or family, or you're local to the Boston-area, come out to our "Microbial Conversations" public science event at the MIT Museum! Join us for short, sharp conversations about a variety of topics in microbiolo... Read More

American Society for Microbiology - Zika Virus Press Conference 2016 @ASMZika

Watch a panel of Zika virus experts who speak about the latest developments on Zika virus research and a wide range of fields that touch on flaviviruses.

Moderated by:

Lynn Enquist, Ph. D.
ASM President and Zika conference convener, Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology and Pro... Read More

Induction of Acinetobacter baumannii natural competence

Bacteria acquire and spread genetic information through several means. Some bacteria form a long, thin tube called a pilus, mediating transfer of DNA by direct cell-to-cell contact, in a process known as conjugation. Some bacterial take up environmental DNA and incorporate it into their existing... Read More

TWiM #129: Dried and wrinkled, smooth and mucoid

The arrival in the US of plasmid-mediated resistance to colistin antibiotics, a last line of defense against many gram-negative bacilli, and a quorum sensing system in a eukaryote are topics of this episode hosted by Vincent, Michael, and Michele.


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ASM holds Zika press conference

Tomorrow begins a Special President’s Edition ASM Conference, hosted by the American Society for Microbiology in collaboration with the American Society for Virology. The conference, “What Does the Biology of Flaviviruses Tell Us About Zika: The Importance of Fundamental Virus Biology” highlight... Read More

TWiV 393: Lovers and livers

The TWiVerati revisit possible sexual transmission of Zika virus, and reveal how a cell protein that allows hepatitis C virus replication in cell culture enhances vitamin E mediated protection against lipid peroxidation.


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BacterioFiles 256 - Virus Versus Virus

This episode: Viruses can cause host cells to inhibit other viruses!


(8 MB, 8.75 minutes)


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Chiba S, Suzuki N. 2015. Highly act... Read More

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