The end is nigh?

Several self-created threats are coming together to create an existential threat to human dominance on Earth, argues Stephen Mortlock.

"Like travelling to another planet"

Pathology Services Manager Sue Alexander wanted a holiday that would also make a good CPD opportunity, so she booked a break with a difference: a trip to Antarctica.

The Lutheran blood group system

The Lutheran blood group system (BGS) consists of a large number of antigens, 24 being recognised by the International Society of Blood Transfusion at the time of writing, and is also of interest in terms of the various backgrounds to the (apparent) Lu(a-b-) phenotypes. The Lutheran BGS is also incorrectly named, as will be explained shortly.

Molecular analysis of ancient tissue

From ancient texts and historic documents, medical historians have uncovered a wealth of information about the history of disease.

Seeking a universal cancer test

Could a new blood test for cancer revolutionise screening? Cristian Tomasetti explains his team’s breakthrough and considers the future implications.

Do scientists undervalue transferable skills?

Three people voice their opinions on skillsets.

My lab: andrology

Specialist Biomedical Scientist Laura Kiely gives a tour of her lab in a reproductive medicine unit in Manchester.

Porton Downs

My lab: rare and imported pathogens

Laboratory Manager Barry Gibney gives a guided tour of his Public Health England laboratory at Porton Down.

Marilena and Azra

Microbiology in rural Ghana

Pathology Operations Manager Azra Khan discusses the challenges of making a difference in the developing world.

CRE bacteria

Phenotypic methods

A comparison of phenotypic methods for the screening of carbapenem-resistant and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae.

Routes to membership

Registration as a Clinical Scientist

Alan Wainwright, IBMS Executive Head of Education, explains why the Institute has launched a new experiential route to registration as a Clinical Scientist.