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March 14, 2019
In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the ’12 Priority Pathogens’: a list of twelve microbes that are becoming increasingly resistant to current antimicrobials. These twelve pathogens are thought by WHO to pose the greatest threat to human health.
February 15, 2019
This month on Microbe Talk, the Microbiology Society's podcast, we discuss the influenza vaccine with two experts, Dr John McCauley and Dr Othmar Engelhardt.
June 7, 2018
On 14-15 June, the Early Careers Microbiologists’ Forum Conference 2018 will be held at the University of Birmingham. The Conference will give Early Career Microbiologists the opportunity to present their research, network and attend professional development sessions. Lee Sherry provides some background of his work developing novel polio vaccines, which he will present during his talk at the ECM Forum Conference 2018.
June 5, 2018
In April at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2018, Professor Geoffrey Smith from the University of Cambridge was awarded the Marjory Stephenson Prize. He gave his talk on 'Vaccinia Virus: a portrait of a poxvirus'. In this post, Alison Sinclair gives us an overview of the lecture, which you can watch below.
February 3, 2017
When you think of a herd, you probably think of cows, wildebeest or buffalo. In the animal world, there is safety in numbers – more pairs of eyes to look out for predators, for example.
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.
October 23, 2015
24 October is World Polio Day. The day was established by Rotary International over ten years ago, to mark the birth of Jonas Salk, who developed the first effective polio vaccine with his team in 1952. Since then, we have almost completely eliminated polio worldwide – but the virus remains endemic to some countries, meaning people everywhere are still at risk.
April 1, 2015
New research being presented today at the Annual Conference describes how the blood serum of people who have recovered from the SARS (serious acute respiratory syndrome) coronavirus can neutralise the MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) coronavirus, which was recently discovered in Saudi Arabia.