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Keeping up with Virus Taxonomy: Viruses that cause viral haemorrhagic fevers
May 15, 2023
In our last instalment of ‘Keeping up with virus taxonomy’ we explored the little-known viruses that infect fungi. For this new instalment we will explore some of the distinct virus families that many of you will have heard of; viruses that cause haemorrhagic fevers in humans.
Lab coats - the discrimination we don't see
March 10, 2023
In pursuit of alien genes in bacteria
March 1, 2023
Rajeev Azad takes us behind the research and his recently published paper latest paper "Leveraging comparative genomics to uncover alien genes in bacterial genomes" in Microbial Genomics.
Podcast - the bacteriophage: is the enemy of our enemy a friend?
February 28, 2023
Keeping up with virus taxonomy: viruses that infect fungi
February 28, 2023
It’s time for the third installment of the ‘Keeping up with virus taxonomy’ blog series. This month we are looking at families of viruses that infect fungi – mycoviruses.
How should public health authorities use pathogen genomics in practice?
February 6, 2023
Dr Declan Bradley takes us behind the scenes of his latest research 'How public health authorities can use pathogen genomics in health protection practice: a consensus-building Delphi study conducted in the United Kingdom' published in Microbial Genomics.
From the first detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans, genomics was central to defining and understanding the threat posed by this emerging infectious disease. Pathogen genomics services grew to operate at a scale that was orders of magnitude greater than before the COVID-19 pandemic. Health protection services in public health authorities are responsible for surveillance and prevention of communicable diseases.
From parasites to plastics: new microbes discovered this month
January 30, 2023
Each month, the Microbiology Society publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 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.
Podcast: Could a new vaccine save the Tasmanian devil from a contagious cancer?
January 17, 2023
Every year, thousands of Tasmanian devils die from contagious facial tumours. On this episode of Microbe Talk, Charlotte speaks to Dr Andy Flies from the Menzies Institute at the University of Tasmania, Australia, about a potential new vaccine approach that could save these endangered animals.