by Robin Patel
I have been touched with the way ASM unites microbiologists, elevating microbiology for scientists and the communities in which we live. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as ASM President over the past year, a year which could reasonably be considered, the year everyone was a microbiologist.
To me at least, this is a relatively unaccustomed term for an old phenomenon, namely the removal of deleterious mutants from a population. (As Christoph points out, this does not refer to cleaning up your lab bench.) Also known as negative selection, purifying selection results in the stabilization of the population by ridding...
Streptomycetes, these non-motile Actinobacteria that are capable of mycelial growth much like fungi, are quite inventive when it comes to the distribution of their spores. They don't just rely on enchanting scents like geosmin that they emit to attract springtails, which transport their spores over long distances (see Roberto's recent post). They also routinely employ bacterial transport workers.
Anosmia: the loss of the sense of smell. Until recently, I was clueless about anosmia. That changed March 22nd when my good friend Hera Vlamakis alerted me to a New York Times article describing anosmia as a possible symptom of COVID-19. My self-evaluation routine changed henceforth to include a test of my capacity to smell. Now, during...