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January 12, 2021
Continuing the ‘Keeping up with virus taxonomy’ blog series, in this post we look at the viruses that infect fungi, bacteria and archaea.
November 13, 2020
In this blog, Professor Ruth Itzhaki discusses her research into the virus that causes cold sores – Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1). Professor Itzhaki has been investigating the possible links between HSV1 and Alzheimer’s disease for many years. Early in her career, many of her findings were widely rejected by the scientific community, leading to challenges in funding and delays to important research.
August 21, 2020
Last month, on 29 July, the Microbiology Society hosted a one day online workshop to support ongoing and future research around the pandemic. It was a fantastic event, headed by an organising committee of Professor Peter O’Hare, Professor Mark Harris, Professor Paul Kellam, Dr Steve Griffin and Dr Lindsay Broadbent. In this episode, Laura speaks with Lindsay, Steve and Peter about the day and how, going forward, we hope to continue to support the microbiology community in tackling the pandemic.
July 6, 2020
There are currently two viruses causing death and destroying lives around the world: one is coronavirus, the other is discrimination. In a previous blog on Microbe Post, featuring my Ted X Talk, I spoke in general about the similarities between viruses and discrimination: neither can be seen with the naked eye yet victims recognise how they sound and feel – they experience the results of the infection; both are highly infectious and can pass from one person to another rapidly, often without recipients being aware that they have been infected; and both can maim and kill, having the potential to affect the life of a victim every day for a lifetime. I also identified the public health strategy to ‘break the chain of infection’ as an approach that could be adopted to effectively tackle discrimination. In this blog, I will develop those ideas focusing on racism and COVID-19 in particular.
June 24, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought awareness of virology into the public eye in a way that has never been done before. The discussion of virology in the media isn’t going away anytime soon, and as the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to be discussed in greater and more complex detail on the news, microbiologists are fielding increasingly complex questions from friends and family. Dr Lucy Thorne, Research Fellow at University College London (UCL) has produced a helpful FAQ’s list to support those who want to better understand some of the terms used by politicians and in the media, what SARS-CoV-2 is, and the measures being developed to control the pandemic.
December 13, 2019
Anyone who’s been enjoying the sun on a nice summers evening knows the dreaded whine made by mosquitoes on the hunt for a meal. In recent years mosquitoes have been appearing in the news more and more due outbreaks of diseases such as dengue and Zika. As if getting bitten by a mosquito wasn’t bad enough, if it is carrying the arbovirus, the saliva causing the annoying itchy bumps is actually helping the arbovirus infect you.
October 28, 2019
On 26 September 2019, the Journal of General Virology (JGV) hosted a one day symposium at the University of Leeds. As well as supporting the Microbiology Society by carrying out editorial duties, Editors of JGV maintain active research laboratories. The symposium was an opportunity to showcase the breadth of virology research represented by the Journal as well as providing networking opportunities for virologists. Here, Microbiology Society Champion Lee Sherry discusses his experience of the day.
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.