Mycoplasmology: Always Ahead of the Curve
The United States Organization for Mycoplasmology is a newly founded organization based on a long-standing discipline. Founding members have been working in this field for decades, and noticed an undeniable trend: mycoplasmas are often at the center of studies producing fundamental findings in biological sciences. Because of their minimalist lifestyle, mycoplasmas make outstanding conceptual models, and have been featured in some truly groundbreaking moments in biological research. From one of the earliest complete genome sequences, to the minimal genome concept, to mechanistic understanding of antigenic variation, to infectious causes of asthma, to modeling emerging infectious diseases, to the first synthetic cell, mycoplasmas are often at the forefront of advances in biological science. That is the basis of our logo: we are always ahead of the curve!