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September 26, 2018
In 19th century Europe, the Industrial Revolution brought on a new age of technological advancement. Cities saw an explosion in population growth. But with this came something more sinister - a mysterious disease which killed as many as one in four people. Factories opened and jobs in towns and cities grew in abundance. Urban populations boomed whilst living conditions deteriorated. There was little-to-no sanitation, and more and more people crammed into smaller living spaces; a perfect breeding ground for disease.
October 6, 2016
In 2006, a man in Scotland died from the first case of anthrax in Britain for 32 years. Then, in 2008, a man in London was fatally infected with the same disease. The properties of both men were sealed up while the authorities investigated where the anthrax spores had come from. The source in both cases? West African drums, made from animal hides.
April 14, 2016
Vaccines are an essential component of public health, keeping people safe against disease. But how do they work, how are they manufactured and what are the challenges involved? We spoke to Dr Sarah Gilbert from the Jenner Institute to find out more.
March 22, 2016
It was this time last year at the Annual Conference that Dr Freya Harrison from the University of Nottingham gave a talk about the rediscovery she and her colleagues made of a 1,000-year-old Anglo-Saxon treatment for eye infections. A year after the announcement, we caught up with Freya to see how the research on the salve was progressing.
February 1, 2016
Last month, researchers announced the discovery of ancient gut microbes in the frozen remains of a prehistoric mummy. DNA recovered from the bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, may ultimately change the way we think about the migration of our species. We spoke to study author and microbiologist Dr Frank Maixner about the significance of this new research.
April 27, 2015
In 1677, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek had a letter published in the Royal Society’s journal Philosophical Transactions, which was the first paper to describe microbes, opening up the world of microbiology that we know today.
September 28, 2014
Penicillin, the first widely available antibiotic drug, was discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming 86 years ago today, on 28 September 1928. Upon its introduction into mainstream medicine in the 1940s, penicillin was hailed as a ‘miracle cure’. To this day, antibiotics are widely used to treat or prevent infections.
September 25, 2014
The Reverend Dr William H Dallinger, is probably not a name you’re familiar with. However, he was an important figure in the history of early microbiology. We sent Ben to the Royal Society, to learn more about Dallinger's life.