Microbiology & Virology

Rapid molecular methods in clinical microbiology

Microbiologist Mark Wilks highlights the potential rapid molecular methods presented in the recent conference of the British Society for Microbial Technology.

Fast molecular diagnostics for tight turnaround times

Turnaround times for diagnostic tests can be an obstacle to effectively controlling healthcare associated infections (HAI), such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and carbapenemase producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), with delayed results leading to ward closures and cancelled operations.

IBMS Fellow scoops award for quality

Great Ormond Street Hospital held its annual staff awards on 14 May 2018. 

Unexpected detection

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

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.

How to... collaborate

Stem cell scientist Loriana Vitillo explains the collaboratory Dish Life project that was presented at the launch of the Pint of Science festival, which is taking place in May.

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Phenotypic methods

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

Microbiology and infectious diseases

Details have been announced for the 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, which will be held in Madrid on 21 to 24 April.

Mass cell culture automation

Reliance Precision Limited has been working in partnership with Greiner Bio-One on developing CELLswing – an automated manipulator, which gently moves and rotates a CELLdisc containing adherent mammalian cells in any required position.

Tech to tackle antibiotic resistance

It is hoped that a new type of skin patch that administers drugs directly into the bloodstream through thousands of individual “microneedles” could be used in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

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