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January 24, 2023
“I don’t have my umbrella!”. It’s 5 PM in Tooting, I’m stood at the exit of the hospital and the heavens have opened before me. “You can share mine,” says a kind stranger, clearly noticing my despondent slump. They’re heading for the station too. Sharing is a very human trait, one that has just saved me from getting drenched at the end of a long day. Surprisingly, it’s also a very bacterial trait.
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.
December 19, 2022
In this festive episode of Microbe Talk, Charlotte speaks to Dr Lorna Lancaster about the harmful and helpful microbes involved in making Christmas food.
December 6, 2022
With a notable increase in serious Step A cases in the UK this year and concern over the risk to young children, we asked three expert Microbiology Society members to answer some common questions about Strep A.
December 2, 2022
International Day of Persons with Disabilities takes place annually on 3 December to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. This year, to raise awareness, we interviewed Members Panel member, Kirsty Jones, to discuss her work, the challenges she faces and some great advice for others with disabilities hoping to work in science.
November 30, 2022
In this special episode of Microbe Talk for Disability History Month, Charlie talks to Kirsty Jones about her experience of accessibility in labs.
November 30, 2022
Access Microbiology is an innovative sound science, open-research platform by the Microbiology Society. Today marks a major milestone for the platform with the first Version of Record published since the platform's launch in 2022.
Two of the paper’s authors, Stephen Garrett and Professor Tracy Palmer, share their thoughts on the new open platform and the process of publishing with Access Microbiology.
November 23, 2022
Some fungal infections, like athletes' foot or thrush, are relatively common and are usually not serious. But in those with underlying conditions or compromised immune systems, fungal infections can be deadly.
In recent weeks, the World Health Organisation has warned of the serious threat that fungi pose to humans with a new report and list of priority fungal pathogens. In this episode of Microbe Talk, Charlotte takes a look inside the creeping threat of fungal infections with guests Prof Kevin Kavanagh and Prof Neil Gow.