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February 19, 2020
The Junior Awards for Microbiology (JAM Talks) is a monthly seminar series based in Birmingham that allows early career researchers to gain experience presenting to an audience of their peers. Eleanor Townsend, researcher at the University of Warwick, presented her work at the October JAM Talks in 2019. Here Eleanor takes us through her research.
August 29, 2019
Microbiologists are familiar with the terminology and strategies used to describe the spread of infection and its prevention. However, such approaches can also be used to describe the spread of ideas and concepts, including discrimination.
July 3, 2019
Viruses are defined as infective agents that can only multiply within the living cells of a host. Their evolutionary origins are slightly unclear, but theories include evolution from plasmids or bacteria. Viruses can infect all forms of life, and 6 years after their discovery by Dmitri Ivanovsky in 1892, bacteriologist Ernest Hanbury Hankin reported that an unknown agent in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers could kill cholera.
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.
November 30, 2018
Continuing the ‘Keeping up with virus taxonomy’ blog series, in this post we will be discussing the virus that causes African Swine Fever, a family of viruses that infects insect larvae, and the Geminiviridae — members of which cause some of the most economically-important plant diseases in the world.
August 17, 2018
West Nile Fever is a disease spread to humans and horses by mosquitoes. In Europe this year, there have been 230 cases of West Nile Fever, and 17 deaths. This month, we spoke with an expert to discuss where the virus comes from, what influences disease spread, and what infection looks like:
April 4, 2017
In 2016, the koala was upgraded from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The cuddly-looking marsupial is not only threatened by habitat loss, but also by disease – most notably chlamydia infections.