Microbiologists study living organisms and infectious agents, and their work is critical to human and animal health, agriculture, the environment and biotechnology. Many accomplishments in the microbiological sciences have significantly affected our lives, such as the development of treatments for infectious diseases, the prevention of food spoilage, the use of microorganisms to clean up pollutants and basic knowledge of the nature of all living things.
Among the topics to be presented are:
- The potential of synthetic biology for alternative energy and new drugs
- Racial and ethnic differences in the human microbiome
- Food safety and fresh produce
- New technologies and microbiology in the year 2022
- How microbes drive animal and human behaviors
- Zoonotic diseases in companion and farm animals
One major trend at this year's meeting is how new technologies are not only changing how scientists do microbiology, but also how researchers view the role of microbiology and how microorganisms are shaping our world in ways we never imagined possible a few years ago.
More detailed information, including program and abstracts, can be found online at http://bit.ly/asm2012news
Media events will be livestreamed on the internet via the ASM Newsroom on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/asm-live and will be archived on YouTube.
Additional press materials can be found at this site as they become available. PLEASE NOTE: The housing deadline is May 18, 2012. While media will be allowed to register for the meeting after that date, they will be responsible for arranging hotel accommodations on their own.
Comprehensive media facilities will be available and meeting registration is complimentary for the media.
The ASM General Meeting Press Center will be located in the Moscone Center and will be open starting at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 16. Programs, abstracts, news releases and information about daily press media events will be available.
Provided by American Society for Microbiology
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