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.

Stopping malaria

A pilot programme is now underway for a vaccine that could cut malaria cases by 40%. We hear from one of the scientists.

Fungus might play role in Crohn’s disease

A fungus commonly found in human hair follicles also resides in the gut and might play a role in Crohn’s disease, it is reported.

“US misinformation causes epidemic”

The US reported more measles cases in the first two months of this year than in all of 2017, with public health officials blaming “misinformation” for the growing epidemic.

The journey of a sample

For Healthcare Science Week, which ran from 8 to 17 March, the IBMS made three videos that detail what happens to samples given at GP surgeries.

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