President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly linked vaccines with autism. It’s incorrect, alarming and dangerous. To address his misconceptions and ensure the health of children worldwide, he should attend our Vaccines and Synthetic Biology Meeting.
A single application of a bioengineered gel into the ear may one day offer kids and parents an easier way to treat bacterial ear infections, new research suggests. Squirted in the ear canal, the gel could deliver a full course… Read More ›
Synthetic biology (or ‘synbio’ as it is often abbreviated) is one of those fields in biology which is hard to define. Most tend to agree that it involves in some way the engineering of biological systems, but the field evolves… Read More ›
In April 2016, SfAM held its annual spring meeting on the topic of whole genome sequencing (WGS), asking “What can it do for clinical and public health microbiology?” With experts from many fields both giving presentations and in the audience, they… Read More ›
The threat of continued global warming and climate change presents us with dire consequences for the state of the world as we know it. We’re faced with such tragedies as the ice caps melting, the disappearance of species as they… Read More ›
For most of us, culturing bacteria is usually quick and easy. With pre-poured plates, ready-made media, purpose built flasks and shakers that stay within a fraction of a degree of the temperature you set them to, culturing cells on agar… Read More ›
When talking about the goals of applied microbiology, one of the largest targets is a process known as ‘bioremediation’, defined as the use of living organisms to remove dangerous or toxic products from the environment. Although breakthroughs in genetic engineering… Read More ›