Discussions of such disturbing national health issues as the reemergence of tuberculosis and cholera are among the highlights of the American Society for Microbiology's 93rd general meeting. At press time, an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 microbiologists were expected to attend the five-day conference, May 16-20, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
The meeting is expected to feature some 3,000 scientific presentations--a mixture of lectures, seminars, presentations, and poster sessions--on various aspects of bacteria-, virus-, and fungi-related research. Additionally, products from more than 300 companies will be on display.
"Because ASM is such a diverse group," says Judith Domer, chairwoman of the society's program committee, "the whole meeting does not have a common theme."
Domer, a microbiologist at the Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, says that, as in past years, the conference has been separated into divisional sections for each of five ASM- designated subdisciplines: antimicrobials, genetic...