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Viruses and Cancer - 2013

20 February 2013 publication

This issue of Microbiology Today is a ‘virology special’; this is in part to recognise the contribution of this year’s SGM Prize Medal winner, Harald zur Hausen, and his ground-breaking contributions to understanding the link between viruses and cancer.

  • Editorial
    18 February 2013

  • From the President
    18 February 2013

    2013 is a year that will bring great change to the Society. For the last 2 years, Council and senior Marlborough House staff have been working hard to meet the challenges that the Society will face.

  • News
    18 February 2013

    Journals news, New Council Members, Spring Conference Prize Lectures, Awards, SGM conferences - your chance to get involved!

  • Microshorts
    18 February 2013

  • Introducing viruses and cancer
    18 February 2013

    Almost 1 in 5 cancers are caused by infectious agents, the majority of which are viruses. In this article, the authors present an overview of cancer and tumour virology to complement the accompanying articles in this issue.

  • Cancers attributable to infection - the global burden
    18 February 2013

    Collectively, infections are the most important established cause of cancer after tobacco. What are the prospects for prevention of infection-associated cancers, and what challenges does the research community face?

  • Human papillomaviruses
    18 February 2013

    Warts on the skin caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) may be relatively harmless, but a few of the nearly 120 strains of HPV identified to date have far more serious consequences. What mechanism do they use to induce cancer and what can be done about it?

  • Viral hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma
    18 February 2013

    What strategies can we use to tackle virus-induced liver cancer, a serious and increasing public health problem?

  • Epstein–Barr virus: opportunities for prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines
    18 February 2013

    Epstein–Barr virus is now known to be associated with several forms of cancer, in addition to its potential to cause glandular fever. Are vaccines the answer to conquer this ubiquitous virus?

  • Schoolzone: Bacteriophage practical
    18 February 2013

    A school-friendly assay using T4 bacteriophage and its host, Escherichia coli.

  • Schoolzone: Good bugs, bad bugs
    18 February 2013

    A series about microbiology for the UK's only children’s radio station.

  • Schoolzone: Standing up for Science
    18 February 2013

    Young scientists often forget how uniquely qualified they are to comment and offer their opinions on poorly performed research and suspicious scientific claims. The Standing up for Science workshop for early career researchers, held on November 16th at the University of Glasgow, sought to remedy that situation.

  • Professional development for early-career researchers: how to organise a conference
    18 February 2013

    This article is aimed at early-career researchers who are thinking about organising a scientific conference. Some general tips and information are given, including the top tips of the SGM Head of Scientific Conferences, Susan Wong. Two early-career researchers who have ‘been there, done that’ describe their experiences.

  • Interview
    18 February 2013

    Nobel Prize winner and distinguished virologist Professor Harald zur Hausen has been awarded the 2013 SGM Prize Medal. In this interview with Professor David Blackbourn, he reflects on his career and offers his opinions on some issues currently facing virologists.

  • Comment - New frontiers in scientific publishing
    18 February 2013

    Leighton Chipperfield, Head of Publishing at SGM, talks about the ways in which scientific research is being published and accessed.