Microbiology & Virology

The silent pandemic: Antimicrobial resistance

Infections caused by antimicrobial-resistant organisms are increasing. From dog food to climate change, we look at the issues.

On the boundary of knowledge

Nikhil Faulkner discusses his immunogenicity work with SARS-CoV-2 variants and how the pandemic is changing the nature of research.

Jab in the arm, or puff up the nose?

A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in the US and UK has found that administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine intranasally to infected hamsters and monkeys reduced viral loads in nasal swabs, suggesting reduced shedding.

Microscopic imaging without a microscope

A new technique has been developed that uses high-throughput sequencing, instead of a microscope, to obtain ultra-high-resolution images of gene expression from a tissue slide.

The big question: COVID cases

How concerning is the increase in COVID-19 cases?

Is long Covid linked to Epstein-Barr virus?

Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) reactivation resulting from the inflammatory response to coronavirus infection may be the cause of previously unexplained long COVID, it is claimed.

Diagnose bacterial infections in less than an hour

Engineers, biochemists and medical researchers have combined their skills to create a rapid test for bacterial infections.

Facemask that can detect COVID-19

Engineers at MIT and Harvard University have designed a novel facemask that can diagnose the wearer with COVID-19 within about 90 minutes.

Cystinosis: A personal story

Lena Forsyth guides us through her unique journey, from being diagnosed with a rare genetic condition to landing a job in biomedical science.

Tech news: July

This month's top tech news stories

Cities have unique microbiome fingerprints

Each city has its own unique microbiome – a “fingerprint” of viruses and bacteria that uniquely identify it, according to a new study from an international consortium of researchers.

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