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Keeping up with virus taxonomy: viruses that infect fungi
February 28, 2023
It’s time for the third installment of the ‘Keeping up with virus taxonomy’ blog series. This month we are looking at families of viruses that infect fungi – mycoviruses.
Keeping up with virus taxonomy: reverse-transcribing viruses
December 14, 2022
In the second instalment of the relaunched ‘Keeping up with virus taxonomy’ blog series, we look at viruses that use reverse transcription to replicate.
Keeping up with virus taxonomy: viruses spread by vectors
October 19, 2022
The ‘Keeping up with virus taxonomy’ blog series returns! In the first post of the renewed series, we look at a range of viruses that are spread by vectors.
The biggest ever bird flu outbreak: what you need to know
October 18, 2022
In this episode of Microbe Talk, Charlotte talks to Dr Ian Brown about what makes this year’s bird flu outbreak bigger and more worrisome than before.
Jam Talks: phage and the gut microbiome
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.
Tackling discrimination as a virus
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.
The bacteriophage - bacteria’s worst enemy?
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.
Rabies virus: can we treat the untreatable?
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.