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American Society for Microbiology to host 110th general meeting in San Diego

American Society for Microbiology

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will hold its 110th General Meeting May 23-27, 2010 in San Diego, California. 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 role of microbes in extinction events
  • The persistence of foodborne pathogens in the food supply from farm to fork
  • Issues in the testing and diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases in adolescent and pediatric patients.
  • The impact of humans and the changing environment on the spread of infectious disease
  • Microbiology and ecology of wine, beer and cheese
  • H1N1 Influenza Pandemic: What worked, what didn't, and what have we learned

More detailed information, including program, abstracts, and online media registration can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/asm2010. Additional press materials can be found at this site as they become available.

Media events will be livestreamed and archived on the internet via the ASM Newsroom on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/2010-asm-general-meeting.

Comprehensive media facilities will be available and meeting registration is complimentary for the media. Media wishing to register should do so through the online newsroom at http://tinyurl.com/asm2010.

PLEASE NOTE: The housing deadline is April 23, 2009. While media will be allowed to register for the meeting after that date, they will be responsible for arranging hotel accommodations on their own.

The ASM General Meeting Press Center will be located in the San Diego Convention Center and will be open starting at 12:00 noon on Sunday, May 23. Programs, abstracts, news releases and information about daily press media events will be available.

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The ASM, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the oldest and largest single biological membership organization with approximately 40,000 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).

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