Microbiology & Virology

Rethink the lateral flow test roll-out?

Professor Iain Buchan argues that lateral flow tests have been misunderstood and are a useful tool in the fight against COVID-19.

Diagnostic legislation changes

Pathology Quality Manager Jessica Dixon looks at safety and quality assurance practices in relation to expanded testing due to the pandemic.

First test for all known human coronaviruses

Scientists at the Centre for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Sun Yat-sen University in China have set the stage for the development of highly sensitive antibody tests for infection with all known human coronaviruses, including new variants of SARS-CoV-2. 

SARS-COV-2 spike mutations and infectivity

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute have compared the original SARS-CoV-2 spike protein with a mutated version that arose last spring. 

Laboratory-based coronavirus research

An international consortium has created an openly available SARS-CoV-2 lab research toolkit.

Neurological reverbertions

Dr Maxime Taquet discusses his research into COVID-19 and secondary neurological and psychiatric conditions.

Testing times

Dr Sarah Pitt and Dr Mark Erickson report the findings of their research into the feelings of UK biomedical scientists and other IBMS members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obituary: Bev Groom

It is with deep sadness that we wish to inform you of the death of an IBMS member and colleague who passed away after losing her battle with cancer. Bev Groom passed away on 20 November 2020 at the age of 52.

The lab down the long corridor

Specialist Biomedical Scientist Cherie Beckett gives a guided tour of her microbiology laboratory in the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow.


A new COVID-19 test that reduces testing time from 30 minutes to less than five and delivers accurate results has been developed by scientists at the University of Birmingham.