1 Welcome from the Editors-in-Chief - Yu-Mei Wen and Hans-Dieter Klenk


2 Future vaccines for a globalized world - Lorne A Babiuk and Volker Gerdts

3 Two disciplines, one priority: the seamless integration of human and veterinary microbiology is urgent - Colin R Howard

4 PulseNet China- Jianguo Xu

5 Compounding drugs contaminated with fungi: a recipe for disaster - Stuart M Levitz

6 Pearls and pitfalls of genomics-based microbiome analysis - Nossa Carlos, Yi-Wei Tang and Zhiheng Pei


7 An insight into future antibacterial therapy - Alain J Cozzone

8 Genetic relatedness of the novel human group C betacoronavirus to Tylonycteris bat coronavirus HKU4 and Pipistrellus bat coronavirus HKU5 - Patrick CY Woo, Susanna KP Lau, Kenneth SM Li, Alan KL Tsang and Kwok-Yung Yuen


9 Biosecurity and biosafety in research on emerging pathogens - Lu Lu, Qi Liu and Shibo Jiang


10 Naturally acquired Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in laboratory pig-tailed macaques - Gregory A Engel, Alicia K Wilbur, Andrew Westmark, Dara Horn, Jordan Johnson and Lisa Jones-Engel

11 Detection of Plasmodium vivax in a child returning from India by use of broad-range PCR and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry - Megan A Rounds, Christopher D Crowder, Charles W Stratton, David J Ecker, Mark W Eshoo and Yi-Wei Tang


12 Streptococcus pyogenes and re-emergence of scarlet fever as a public health problem - Samson SY Wong and Kwok-Yung Yuen

13 Tuberculosis vaccine research in China - Douglas B Lowrie

14 ZS-MDR-TB versus ZR-MDR-TB: improving treatment of MDR-TB by identifying pyrazinamide susceptibility - Ying Zhang, Kwok Chiu Chang, Chi-Chiu Leung, Wing Wai Yew, Brigitte Gicquel, Dorothy Fallows, Gilla Kaplan, Richard E Chaisson and Wenhong Zhang

15 The role of biomedical research in global tuberculosis control- gaps and challenges. (A perspective from the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health) - Christine F Sizemore, Amanda C Schleif, Jessica B Bernstein and Carole A Heilman

16 The use of antibodies in the prophylaxis and treatment of infections - Peter J Lachmann

17 Receptor-binding domains of spike proteins of emerging or re-emerging viruses as targets for development of antiviral vaccines - Shibo Jiang, Lu Lu, Qi Liu, Wei Xu and Lanying Du

18 Molecular biology and replication of hepatitis E virus - Dianjun Cao and Xiang-Jin Meng

19 Past, present and future molecular diagnosis and characterization of human immunodeficiency virus infections - Yi-Wei Tang and Chin-Yih Ou

20 Understanding the T cell immune response in SARS coronavirus infection - Hsueh-Ling Janice Oh, Samuel Ken-En Gan, Antonio Bertoletti and Yee-Joo Tan

21 The emerging hepatitis B virus infection in the vaccinated populations: a rising concern? - Tung-Hung Su and Pei-Jer Chen

22 Avian influenza A H5N1 virus: a continuous threat to human - Kelvin KW To, Kenneth HL Ng, Tak-Lun Que, Jacky MC Chan, Kay-Yan Tsang, Alan KL Tsang, Honglin Chen and Kwok-Yung Yuen

23 In memory of Patrick Manson, founding father of tropical medicine and the discovery of vector-borne infections - Kelvin K W To and Kwok-Yung Yuen

24 Plague vaccines: current developments and future perspectives - Valentina A Feodorova and Vladimir L Motin

25 Emerging virus diseases: can we ever expect the unexpected? - Colin R Howard and Nicola F Fletcher


26 A significant number of reported Absidia corymbifera (Lichtheimia corymbifera) infections are caused by Lichtheimia ramosa (syn. Lichtheimia hongkongensis): an emerging cause of mucormycosis - Patrick CY Woo, Shui-Yee Leung, Antonio HY Ngan, Susanna KP Lau and Kwok-Yung Yuen

27 Identification of a divergent O-acetyltransferase gene oac1b from Shigella flexneri serotype 1b strains - Qiangzheng Sun, Ruiting Lan, Yan Wang, Jianping Wang, Shengli Xia, Yiting Wang, Jin Zhang, Deshan Yu, Zhenjun Li, Huaiqi Jing and Jianguo Xu

28 Molecular evidence for interspecies transmission of H3N2pM/H3N2v influenza A viruses at an Ohio agricultural fair, July 2012 - Andrew S Bowman, Srinand Sreevatsan, Mary L Killian, Shannon L Page, Sarah W Nelson, Jacqueline M Nolting, Carol Cardona and Richard D Slemons

29 Identification and characterization of a novel incompatibility group X3 plasmid carrying blaNDM-1 in Enterobacteriaceae isolates with epidemiological links to multiple geographical areas in China - Pak-Leung Ho, Zhen Li, Wai-U Lo, Yuk-Yam Cheung, Chi-Ho Lin, Pak-Chung Sham, Vincent Chi-Chung Cheng, Tak-Keung Ng, Tak-Lun Que and Kin-Hung Chow

30 Adaptive mutation in Influenza A viral non-structural gene is linked to host switching and induces a novel protein by alternative splicing - Mohammed Selman, Samar K Dankar, Nicole E Forbes, Jian-Jun Jia and Earl G Brown