Microbial Minutes: New Phage Research Center, Syphilis Research Breakthrough, and Polio Updates

July 2, 2018

What's hot in the microbial sciences? ASM summarizes microbiology news and reports in Microbial Minutes, a biweekly news roundup. Watch the YouTube session for summaries and major findings, and read the reports and news coverage for yourself below. What should we highlight next time? Leave a suggestion in our comments section!

Syphilis Bacterium Can Be Grown in Culture

Edmondson DG et al. Long-term in vitro culture of the syphilis spirochete Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidummBio 9(3). June 26 2018.

Gonococcus Gene Expression Varies between Males + Females

Nudel K et al.Transcriptome analysis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae during natural infection reveals differential expression of antibiotic resistance determinants between men and women. mSphere3(3). June 27 2018. 

New Single-Dose Drug to Treat Flu May Be Approved

Roche Investor Update: FDA grants Priority Review to Roche’s baloxavir marboxil for the treatment of influenza. 

Engineered Poliovirus Shows Promise for Cancer Patients

Desjardins A et al.Recurrent glioblastoma treated with recombinant poliovirus. New England Journal of Medicine. June 26 2018.

Polio news: cVDPV1 confirmed in Papa New Guinea

Outbreak News Today. June 23 2018. 

U.S. Phage Clinical Research Center Opens in San Diego

Kelly Servick. Can bacteria-slaying viruses defeat antibiotic-resistant infections? A new U.S. clinical center aims to find out. Science. June 21 2018. 


Author: Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf
Dr. Julie Wolf is in science communications at Indie Bio, and was a former ASM employee. Follow Julie on Twitter for more ASM and microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.