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July 23, 2020
In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the ’12 Priority Pathogens’: a list of 12 microbes that are becoming increasingly resistant to current antimicrobials. These 12 pathogens are thought by WHO to pose the greatest threat to human health.
February 24, 2020
Supported by the Microbiology Society, the inaugural Group A Streptococcus (GAS) UK meeting was hosted at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in October 2019. Here we talk to organisers Dr Helge Dorfmueller, Dr Claire Turner and Dr Alex McCarthy about their experience of the event.
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.
August 1, 2019
Each month, a manuscript published in our flagship journal Microbiology is chosen by a member of the Editorial Board. This month, the paper is titled 'Beyond diphtheria toxin: cytotoxic proteins of Corynebacterium ulcerans and Corynebacterium diphtheriae' and was chosen by Dr Jörg Stülke.
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.
June 25, 2019
Every year, an estimated 59,000 people die from rabies. Usually contracted following a bite from an infected animal, rabies is almost always fatal in people who have not been vaccinated. Once symptoms of appear, there is little-to-no hope for the infected individual, with no treatment options currently available.
May 31, 2019
One of the two Hot Topic Lectures taking place at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference in April this year was held by Dr Javier Martin (National Institute for Biological Standards and Control [NIBSC], UK). In his talk, titled ‘Paralytic disease caused by enteroviruses: the role of non-polio serotypes’ Dr Martin discussed the recent upsurge of acute flaccid myelitis cases reported in various countries in 2018 and their possible association with enterovirus infections.
May 17, 2019
Sometimes the big picture can be too big. Microbes are everywhere, and sometimes looking at the small things can answer questions you weren’t expecting to ask.