July 17, 2019
Our antimicrobials are slowly being rendered useless. Could it be that we have been producing outdated antimicrobials, while the organisms that naturally produce them have been continuously adapting and changing them? I am a master’s student at Imperial College London, and I have been researching this topic for the past nine months to try and find some answers.
July 16, 2019
The Microbiology Society's Journal of General Virology has recently formed an affiliation with the American Society for Virology (ASV). Here, we caught up with Professor Andy Pekosz, President of ASV about why it is important for learned societies to collaborate, and the ASV's upcoming annual meeting in Minnesota.
July 15, 2019
In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the ’12 Priority Pathogens’: a list of twelve microbes that are becoming increasingly resistant to current antimicrobials. These twelve pathogens are thought by WHO to pose the greatest threat to human health.
July 12, 2019
Over the last decade or so, the area of microbiome research has exploded, and scientists are just starting to realise just how important the gut microbiome is for our health. However, despite the increased interest in gut microbiome research, the vast majority of studies concern bacteria, and micro-organisms like yeasts are conspicuous by their absence in the literature.
July 11, 2019
In recent years, the bioeconomy has gained increasing prominence as a tool which presents solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Bioeconomy, the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources and waste streams into valuable products, holds particular promises for achieving several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 6 on energy, SDG 8 on economic growth, SDG 12 on sustainable consumption and production, SDG 13 on climate change, SDG 14 on oceans, and SDG 15 on life on land.
July 9, 2019
Each month, the Microbiology Society publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM), which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are some of the new species that have been discovered and the places they’ve been found.
July 8, 2019
From 5–7 June, Microbial Genomics supported Ayorinde Afolayan to attend the Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Conference (ABPHM) at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Ayorinde recently completed his PhD in pharmaceutical microbiology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and was able to attend ABPHM and present a poster at the event. Here, he discusses his experience at the event.
July 5, 2019
The International Day of LGBTQ+ People in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths is held to raise awareness about the challenges LGBTQ+ people face in STEM. This year, our Member Engagement Officer, Eve, interviewed two of our Champions about their journey as LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM. In this interview, James Oliver, an undergraduate BSc Biology student at Edge Hill University, talks about his experience as a bisexual transgender male in science.