Microbiology & Virology

Why viruses persist

New research suggests a mechanism that may explain how viruses that are considered acute can persist.

Journal-based learning for October

Each article’s contents should be read, researched and understood, and you should then come to a decision on each question. The pass mark is 17 out of 20 questions answered correctly. JBL exercises may be completed at any time until the published deadline date. Please select your choice of correct answers and complete the exercises online at: www.ibms.org/cpd/jbl

Science news in numbers: October

Diabetes

New prescribing data from NHS England shows in 2016:

Tackling polio with plants

Plants have been used to produce a new vaccine against poliovirus, which is hoped to be a major step towards global eradication of the disease.

A balanced approach to infection control

Mitchell Reed, a Microbiology Services Manager, discusses bringing previously outsourced microbiology tests back in-house.  
 

How to... share and promote your research

Public engagement can be intimidating and it is tempting to leave it to professors and professional communicators. But Anastasia Skamarauskas from Sense about Science says that standing up for science and being part of the public discussion is the responsibility of all researchers.

Microbiology lab refurbishment

The PHE Public Health Laboratory at Central Manchester University Hospitals (CMFT) has become the first microbiology laboratory in the North West to become automated using COPAN WASPLab (Walk Away Specimen Processor) technology.

New microscope launched

Olympus’ new BX53 microscope with True Colour LED provides bright, sharp images with excellent colour rendering performance equivalent to halogen lamps.

The big story: tales of the plague

Stephen Mortlock tells the tale of the plague that ravaged London and asks whether it was really stopped by the Great Fire.

Synopsis: British Journal Biomedical Science, issue 3 2017

Issue 3 of our journal is now completed. By the time you read this, the hardcopy may already have landed on your doormats. However, those of you who have been to the website will already have accessed and read some of the papers. Editor Andrew Blann outlines the content in the latest issue.

Microbiology: culture vs molecular

Microbiologist Dr Mark Wilks looks at the key themes and messages that emerged from this year’s British Society for Microbial Technology conference.

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