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October 18, 2019
Microbes are not usually the first thing to come to mind when people think of the causes of cancer, but should they be? It is becoming increasingly clear that the diseases caused by microbes extend well past simple infections, and now a growing number of bacteria, viruses and fungi are being linked to tumours.
October 14, 2019
This is a special Microbiology Today edition of the podcast. The latest issue of the Society’s magazine, Microbiology Today, focuses on arboviruses and their vectors. In this episode, we discuss some of the prevention strategies and ways of managing arboviruses and their vectors with John Carr from the University of Cambridge and Ewa Chrostek from the University of Liverpool.
September 30, 2019
MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss some of the times microbiology has been in the news during the past month. In this episode, Laura and Matt discuss superbug sniffer dogs, koalas with chlamydia and valley fever.
September 13, 2019
Canine parvovirus is a highly infectious virus that kills thousands of dogs every year. The disease emerged in the 1970s and spread unchecked, causing a global epidemic in 1978. While the epidemic was halted due to the development of a vaccine, outbreaks do still occur.
August 30, 2019
MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss some of the times microbiology has been in the news that month. On this month’s episode Laura and Matt are discussing glowing microbes, ancient microbes, microbes in elk and microbes in the brain.
July 29, 2019
With global soil salinity levels rising, could bacteria hold the answer to stronger plants? Gareth Raynes (@FrndlyBacteria) is a PhD student at Aberystwyth University, UK. At the Early Career Microbiologists' Forum Summer Conference which took place in June, Gareth presented a poster titled 'Exploring Coastal Plants as a Source of Plant Growth Promoting Endophytic Bacteria’. Here, he discusses his research in greater detail, and what he has learned now that he’s nearing the end of his PhD:
July 26, 2019
This is the first episode of MicroNews, where we discuss the times microbiology and microbiologists have been on TV, in the papers and trending online. This month, Laura and Matt talk about the HPV vaccine, fungal diseases and antimicrobial resistance. We also hear from Professor Sally Bloomfield who talks about the link between allergies and hygiene.
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.