What's Hot in the Microbial Sciences - Winter 2021
In this issue, "What's Hot" takes a look at published articles that address directed research on pathogens as well as articles that are interesting, clever and just might someday lead to an application that makes the world a healthier place.
Researchers are puzzled by the increased deaths of songbirds associated with a mysterious disease that is causing lethargy, neurological symptoms and crusty, oozing patches over the eyes of songbirds in the eastern United States.
Commensal bacteria are known to be more similar between relatives than nonrelatives, but it is less clear whether gut microbiome traits are heritable or more likely to result from shared environments between related individuals.
Compared to the ongoing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), relatively little is known about the de novo emergence of resistance genes or the role of microbial physiology on resistance.
(Hint: It Isn't as Simple as You Learned in Your General Microbiology Class.)
Although influenza is primarily considered a respiratory disease, influenza virus infections frequently are associated with complications outside of the respiratory tract, including intestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
It has been suggested that of all of Earth's biogeochemical cycles, the methane cycle is the most tightly linked to climate.
To better understand how oomycetes breech plant surfaces during infection, a publication in Nature Microbiology analyzed how the fungus that caused the devastating Irish Potato Famine invades potatoes.
Explore the latest groundbreaking research in the microbial sciences, stay up-to-date with what's happening at ASM and read cutting edge scientific articles in Microcosm, ASM's flagship, members-only magazine. This new digital format for Microcosm provides easier access to the most recent scientific content for ASM members.
Stanley Maloy, Ph.D.
San Diego State University
Victor DiRita, Ph.D.
Michigan State University
Steven Finkel, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
Timothy J. Donohue, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin
Marylynn Yates, Ph.D.
University of California
Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D.
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