Microbiology & Virology

Mitochondria, fatigue and long COVID

Persistent fatigue in patients with long COVID has a biological cause – mitochondria in muscle cells that produce less energy than in healthy patients.

Influenza A(H1N2)V

Claire Atkinson, a Lecturer in Biomedical Science at London South Bank University, on the recent detection of influenza A(H1N2).

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever

Dr Arantza Portillo discusses the changing epidemiology of this tick-borne viral disease in Spain and looks at the future situation for the UK.

Skin bacterium that inhibits antibiotic-resistant bacteria growth

A research group looking at antibiotic-resistant bacteria has reported promising results with a study on bacteriocins – substances that bacteria produce to inhibit the growth of competitors.

“Monkeypox virus evolving due to human transmission”

A new analysis shows the monkeypox virus (MPXV) is rapidly diverging into several lineages characterised by mutations resulting from continued interaction with the human immune system, suggesting that the virus has been circulating in humans since 2016.

Self-sampling for asymptomatic mpox

A pilot study carried out in Catalonia to evaluate the self-collection of biological samples reveals the high acceptability of the proposal and the key role of diagnosis in people without symptoms of mpox.

The contribution of viral pathogens to sepsis

SARS-CoV-2 accounted for one in six cases of sepsis during the first 33 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the importance of viral sepsis, according to a new study.

Congress 2023: the biggest, best ever

After four days, 19 lecture streams, hundreds of speakers and 5000 delegates passing through the doors of Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, IBMS Congress 2023 came to a close. Here we look back at a selection of the sessions and activities at this year’s event, which had the theme “Linking learning to the laboratory”.

Jabs in decline

From vaccine hesitancy to misunderstanding and misinformation, we look at why UK targets for public vaccination are being missed.

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