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April 5, 2022
Peter Collins (historian of science and Emeritus Director of the Royal Society) has been exploring the history of our founding journal, Microbiology, in celebration of its 75th anniversary. He recently published the first in a series of historical articles, 'How Microbiology started' and will be sharing an insight into the history of the journal at the Microbiology 75th Anniversary Drinks Reception. In this Q&A, we get to know Peter Collins and how he became interested in this area.
March 25, 2021
Tuberculosis; a contagious, infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Today, TB is one of our deadliest diseases, killing over 1.5 million people a year, but how did it get to this stage?
In our latest video, we explore this very question as we look at the history of tuberculosis.
October 30, 2020
This is the fourth in our series of Black History Month blog posts, in which we’re examining how black microbiologists have shaped the field of microbiology. In this post, we’ll highlight some of the work and achievements of Faith Uwadiae, Jane Hinton and Harold Amos.
October 23, 2020
This is the third in our series of Black History Month blog posts, in which we’re examining how black microbiologists have shaped the field of microbiology. In this post, we’ll highlight some of the work and achievements of Anna Epps, William Augustus Hinton and Michael Sulu.
October 16, 2020
In this second post of our series exploring the research and lives of influential black microbiologists, we will showcase the contributions of Jessie Isabelle Price, James McCune Smith and Alan Powell Goffe.
October 9, 2020
This October, we will be examining how black microbiologists have shaped the field of microbiology. This post will be the first of four this October and will explore the research and lives of Professor Ruth Ella Moore, Professor A. Oveta Fuller and Onesimus, the Boston man credited for early inoculation practices.
June 11, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians are looking to experts from the scientific community to inform the government’s response to control the spread of the virus. Microbiologists have contributed to the management of many public health emergencies and we are reflecting on how members of our community have used their expertise to help manage these events. In this blog, past President of the Microbiology Society Professor Sir T. Hugh Pennington discusses his experience as Chairman of a number of Public Enquiries into outbreaks of Escherichia coli O157 in the UK.
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.