The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will hold its 109th General Meeting May 17-21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The meeting will feature approximately 3,000 individual scientific presentations spanning the breadth of microbiology and has an expected attendance of 10,000.
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 opening session of the meeting will examine the role of microbes have played in evolution, shaping the world around us, and will feature Andrew Knoll of the Harvard University Botanical Museum, who will give the ASM Lecture entitled "Microbes and Earth History."
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American Society for Microbiology