Microbiology & Virology

Slime of the times

Sarah J Pitt and Alan Gunn write about their search for new antibiotics, which has taken them out of the laboratory and into the vegetable patch. 

December news in numbers

A breakdown of science news this month, in numbers.

A case study: transport perfusion fluid

Daniel Weiand, Consultant Microbiologist and Educational Lead, reflects on the role of abdominal organ transport perfusion fluid culture.

New test for chronic hepatitis B

A new laboratory tool may improve the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. 

New insights into tuberculosis

During infection the main causative agent of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, secretes a large number of effector proteins through type VII secretion systems.

Defeat malaria in a generation

The world could be free of one of the oldest and deadliest diseases to affect humanity within a generation.

Chlamydia vaccine on horizon

The first ever chlamydia vaccine to reach phase 1 clinical trial has been found to be safe and able to provoke an immune response.

My Lab: Microbiology’s one-stop-shop

Daniel Weiand, Consultant Microbiologist and Educational Lead, gives a guided tour of his laboratory in Newcastle.

Testing times for microbial technology

Microbiologist Mark Wilks looks at some of the themes of the recent conference of the British Society for Microbial Technology.

Cranberries to fight bacteria

Cranberries could play a role in the fight against bacteria, according to the results of new research.

Gut microbiome and Alzheimer’s

Natalia Casey, a Specialist Biomedical Scientist in Microbiology, looks at gut flora and Alzheimer’s disease.

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