Microbiology & Virology

IBMS research grants 2022

The four recipients of IBMS research grants in 2022 explain their projects and the impact they hope their work will have.

Navigating diagnostics: Will testing leave the lab and move to the community

On the back of a new report on the future of diagnostics, we look at whether lab services are likely to be moved out into the community.

How stealthy HIV evades drugs and immunity

An immune response that likely evolved to help fight infections appears to be the mechanism that drives human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) into a latent state, researchers at Duke Health in the US report.

Tech news: December 2022

This month's top tech news stories

Bone marrow organoids

Scientists from the University of Oxford and the University of Birmingham have made the first bone marrow “organoids” that capture the key features of human bone marrow.

Detecting of SARS CoV-2 in wastewater

A team of Japanese scientists have developed a simple, rapid, highly sensitive method for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater.

Data-driven learning health systems

Researchers are calling on policymakers to support the use of data-driven learning health systems to deliver a step change in the NHS’s ability to improve patient care.  

“Neighbouring cells could make tumours benign”

Schwann cells are known to protect and repair nerve cells. Until now, however, it was not known that they themselves take over functions of certain immune cells during nerve healing.

“Thermal imaging could help assess hand hygiene”

Findings from a pilot study suggest that portable thermal imaging cameras might provide a new approach to assessing and improving hand-hygiene practices among healthcare professionals (HCPs).

Mucus-based lubricant for HIV and herpes

Cow mucus provides the basis for a synthetic prophylactic gel that has been developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology to protect against HIV and herpes transmission.

Link between repeated infections and neurodegenerative diseases

Infections treated with specialty hospital care in early- and mid-life are associated with an increased subsequent risk of Alzheimer’s (AD) and Parkinson’s diseases (PD), but not amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), it is claimed.