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November 1, 2023
Bactobio is a biotechnology company that uses next-generation sequencing, machine learning and bioengineering to culture the 99% of microbes which have previously been unculturable. Their first targets are to discover novel antibiotics against the most pressing bacterial infections and help make plant protection sustainable.
We spoke to Microbiology Society member, Dr Mark Wilkinson, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Bactobio to find out more about how they are hoping to tackle the antimicrobial resistance crisis.
July 4, 2023
In this episode of Microbe Talk, David Walker-Sünderhauf chats with Clare about his paper "Removal of AMR plasmids using a mobile, broad host-range CRISPR-Cas9 delivery tool" published in Microbiology.
Plasmid-encoded efflux pumps; empowering Acinetobacter in the battle against antimicrobial resistance
June 26, 2023
Dr Varsha Naidu and Associate Professor Karl Hassan take us behind the scenes of their latest publication 'AadT, a new weapon in Acinetobacter’s fight against antibiotics 'published in Microbiology.
February 28, 2023
The latest edition of the Microbiology Society’s podcast, Microbe Talk, is now online. In this episode, our Policy and Engagement Officer Katie chats to Professor Martha Clokie about bacteriophages, the most abundant viruses on Earth, that can target and kill bacteria without destroying human cells. Could they be used to treat drug resistant infections and combat antimicrobial resistance?
February 14, 2023
Domenico Santoro takes us behind the scenes of his and his colleage, Michaela Burke's research 'Prevalence of multidrug-resistant coagulase-positive staphylococci in canine and feline dermatological patients over a 10-year period: a retrospective study' published in Microbiology.
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.
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.
Raising awareness of antimicrobial resistance through art: ‘ART LAB: Art of Antimicrobial Resistance’
June 7, 2022
In February 2022, a team of Cardiff University researchers and professional services staff delivered an antimicrobial resistance (AMR) themed science-art event in a local arts centre. The event aimed to increase awareness of AMR and reach people who might not engage with more traditional Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities. Here, ECM forum member and project lead Dr Rebecca Weiser discusses her experience of ART LAB.