The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, comprising 42,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to advance the microbiological sciences and the profession of microbiology for the common good by disseminating information and stimulating research and education. Microbiologists study microorganisms to understand basic biological and disease processes. Clinical/medical microbiology is essential to the diagnosis, treatment, and control of infectious diseases and the ability of medicine to improve health and quality of life.

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