Microcosm Digital Magazine - Spring 2021

Diagnosing the Solution

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that human health depends on proactive planning rather than trying to rapidly develop and disseminate public health interventions in response to a new infectious disease. This preparation relies on basic and applied microbiology research, well-equipped and staffed clinical laboratories, and innovative life sciences companies.

Letter From the Editor: Infection, Identification and Intervention

The Spring 2021 issue of Microcosm explores the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the need for proactive planning to prevent the spread of disease.

Tracking Pathogens via Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

Advances in nucleic acid sequencing have revolutionized how we identify and track causative agents of disease. Here, we discuss some of the broad applications of pathogen genomics and developments in research.

How to Prepare for the Next Pandemic

The pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in the public health system. Can we learn those lessons in time to prepare for the next one?

The Benefits and Risks of a Comprehensive Diagnostic Approach

Even as society continues to reckon with COVID-19, scientists and public health officials are taking steps to prevent the next outbreak.

Diagnostic Modalities

Explore laboratory and point-of-care techniques in depth, with graphics illustrating how to identify and characterize microorganisms from patient samples and culture isolates.

Cost of the Rare Fraud in the Biomedical and Diagnostic Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic allowed for a surge of companies to profit from people’s public health concerns by selling counterfeit products that made fraudulent claims of efficacy and prevention.

What's HOT in the Microbial Sciences

Get the gist: Covid-19 Variants, Role of Virus and Host in Human Disease, Microbiome Association, One Health, Molecular Microbiology, Vaccine and Drug Development, Bacterial Evolution: Niche Restriction and the Path to Speciation, and Microbial Survival.

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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

Managing Editor

Aleea Khan

Production Editor

Tyniah McDuffie


Ashley Hagen, M.S.

Geoff Hunt, Ph.D.

Amy Kullas, Ph.D.

Katherine Lontok, Ph.D.

Stephen Ornes


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.

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Catherine Ort-Mabry


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