Science

A life-threatening condition

Clinical Scientist Matthew Hopkins gives a primer on fetal/neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia and the screening and treatment options available.

A controversial life

As he turns 90, Leonard Hayflick talks to George F Winter about his life.

Tropical medicine through the ages

Stephen Mortlock goes global and analyses the rich history of tropical medicine.

Using PCR to Diagnose Aspergillus: A Change in Clinical Practice

Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a life-threatening Invasive Fungal Disease (IFD) affecting immunocompromised patients. Aspergillus spores are common throughout the environment and with the capacity to invade via the lung, cause a spectrum of disease. IA is difficult to diagnose, as symptoms are non-specific and the sensitivity of traditional techniques – such as respiratory culture – is poor and slow. Delayed diagnosis leads to an increased morbidity and mortality rate, highlighting the urgent requirement for a rapid, sensitive diagnostic method.

Into the deep

We talk to Professor Simon Evetts, Space Operations Director at Blue Abyss – a cutting-edge deep-sea and space extreme environment research centre.

The Big Question: Modernising scientific careers

Has modernising scientific careers (MSC) delivered what it promised?

My lab: Award-winning microbiology lab

Professional Manager for Quality and Training, Mairiead MacLennan, gives a guided tour of her microbiology lab in Fife, Scotland.

The greatest pandemic in history

A hundred years after Spanish influenza, which is thought to have killed more than 40 million, biomedical scientist and university lecturer Sarah Pitt looks back at the pandemic.

Unexpected detection

Deputy Lab Manager Francis Yongblah looks at unexpected detection of vancomycin-resistant enterococci as a consequence of enhanced carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae screening.

Change for blood transfusion inspections

Chris Elliott, Chair of the IBMS Specialist Advisory Panel (Transfusion), discusses changes in the MHRA assessment and inspection regime for hospital blood transfusion laboratories. 

Ticking time bomb

With global mobility drastically increasing over recent years, Sally Cutler, Professor in Medical Microbiology, looks at the growing threat posed by tick-borne infections.

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