Researchers have discovered new antibiotic-resistant enteric bacteria containing the NDM-1 gene. The findings confirmed previous suspicions of the existence of microorganisms that are immune to available drugs and medication.
NDM-1 is reported to be able to jump from one strain of bacteria to another with ease, causing concern that infections from the multi-resistant strains of bacteria may be untreatable.
To read more, please go to http://www.mgrc.com.my/genomics_news/superbug.shtml
By Hsien-Hsien Lei, PhD, HUGO Matters Editor
In this month’s issue of The Scientist, Steven Wiley asks why we should bother paying for membership to scientific societies.
At about this time every year, I renew my memberships to several scientific societies, and every year I ask myself the same question: “Should I bother?” In years past, the answer was easy because being a member came with tangible benefits, such as inexpensive journals and the ability to submit abstracts to annual meetings. Nowadays, these perks don’t seem very important. Most society journals are freely available online, and the proliferation of scientific meetings has made it easier to find venues to present my current research. Thus, the frequency with which I ask that question—“should I bother?”—has steadily increased.
Given that this blog is the official blog of a scientific society, the Human Genome Organisation, it’s no surprise that we think it’s definitely worth it to be a member. In our membership application we list the benefits of membership:
- Reduced registration fees for HUGO events, conferences and training courses
- Annual voting to elect members to HUGO Council
- Access to announcements and information on this website
- FREE subscription to The HUGO Journal
- Reduced subscription rates to two leading journals, The Annals of Human Genetics and Clinical Genetics, both published by Blackwell Publishing
- Reduced subscription rates to Science and AAAS
- Young scientists can apply for the HUGO Travel Award for educational visits
- Rights to nominate and vote at HUGO Council Member Election
And unlike other scientific societies which are open to general membership, HUGO members are required to be active participants in in genetics and genomics research. Applicants must include a one page CV, a list of 5 most recent publications, and a brief statement of their research interests.
One of the most important reasons we should become members of scientific societies related to our areas of expertise is the opportunity to network. HUGO members have access to the membership roster and are welcome to contact other HUGO members to discuss relevant interests. And, HUGO annual meetings, such as the 14th Human Genome Meeting 2010, are important opportunities to learn about the latest research and issues as well as to network with other scientists from around the world.
Do you belong to any scientific societies? If so, which ones and why? If not, why not?