Immunology

My lab: The immunology laboratory

Medical Laboratory Assistant Muneebah Jasat gives a guided tour of her lab at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Test distinguishes SARS-CoV-2

A tablet-sized device has been developed that can detect multiple COVID-19 antibodies and biomarkers simultaneously.

Biosensors for COVID-19

Scientists have created a new way to detect the proteins that make up the pandemic coronavirus, as well as antibodies against it.

Do antibiotics reach bacteria hiding in tissues?

Scientists have developed a new imaging method to see where antibiotics have reached bacteria within tissues.

Delighting in the negative

Sarah May, Deputy Chief Executive of the IBMS, wonders at our apparent inability to celebrate success.

The vaccine race

With more than 150 COVID-19 vaccines in development, we put the three front-runners under the microscope and look at the incredible, unprecedented development work of the last year.

Smallpox, salmonella and sacrifice

Stephen Mortlock looks back at the history of the Aztec civilisation, the diseases that struck and the treatments that were created.

COVID-19 not characterised by a cytokine storm

Inflammatory proteins known as cytokines play a crucial role in the immune response. If this response is too strong – a phenomenon known as “cytokine storm” – it can cause harm to the patient.

One-to-one: COVID response controvery

We hear from Professor Sunetra Gupta – the theoretical epidemiologist who believes in herd immunity and doesn’t believe in the lockdown.

"Three times risk for frontline healthcare workers"

Frontline healthcare workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) have a three-fold increased risk of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, compared with the public.

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