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American Society for Microbiology to host 114th General Meeting in Boston

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will hold its 114th General Meeting, May 17-20, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The meeting will feature approximately 3,000 individual scientific presentations spanning the breadth of microbiology and has an expected attendance of 8,000.

The meeting will feature a broad range of cutting-edge research in the microbiological sciences including biomedicine, food safety, the environment and more.

Among the topics to be presented are:

Microbial responses to global climate change Where will the next big disease threat come from? Antibiotic resistance in the food chain Bugs as drugs: Harnessing microbes to fight disease Microorganisms as both cause and cure for cancer How modern microbiology jeopardizes the neoDarwinian synthesis

A 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. This includes reassessing how we educate and train the next generation of microbiologists.

Reporters can register for the meeting and download additional information at

Daily media events will be livestreamed on the internet via the ASM Newsroom 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 April 25, 2014.

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 Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and will be open starting at 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 17. Programs, abstracts, news releases and information about daily press media events will be available. ###

The ASM, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the oldest and largest single biological membership organization with approximately 39,000 members worldwide. Members work in different organizations, including education (research institutions, undergraduate and graduate institutions, and medical dental and veterinary schools), industry (pharmaceutical, food and agriculture, biotechnology, environmental, and pollution control companies and hospitals), and federal and state governments (research laboratories and public health).

Contact: Garth Hogan
American Society for Microbiology

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