Microbiology & Virology

100 years of bacterial strains

Sarah Alexander and Ayuen Lual from the National Collection of Type Cultures look back over a century of providing authentic bacterial strains.

COVID tech news

Engineered llama antibodies

COVID 19: "More T cell data needed"

While early research on the adaptive immune response to COVID-19 primarily looked at antibodies, more information is now emerging on how T cells react to the SARS-CoV-2 virus – addressing a crucial knowledge gap.

Seven make the power list

This year, seven IBMS members were awarded places on The Pathologist’s power list.

Obituary: George Hunt FIMLS (1922-2020)

George Hunt was the Senior Chief MLSO in Microbiology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, Hackney Road – a hospital he served for around 40 years.

Cystic fibrosis drug for COVID-19

Patients with COVID-19 will be given the cystic fibrosis drug Dornase alfa to determine if it can help improve survival by reducing excess inflammation in the lungs, as part of a trial co-led by UCL and the Francis Crick Institute.

Loss of smell

Through analysing new data collected through an app, Professor Sebastien Ourselin and colleagues have gained new insights into COVID-19 symptoms. 

COVID-19: July/Aug tech roundup

The latest tech news for July and August.

Isolation and contact tracing

In the absence of a vaccine or highly effective treatments for COVID-19, combining isolation and intensive contact tracing with physical distancing measures might be the most effective and efficient way to achieve and maintain epidemic control.

Infecting lab mice with SARS-CoV-2

A major hurdle to developing and testing new anti-viral therapies and vaccines for COVID-19 is the lack of good, widely available animal models of the disease. But an international team of researchers has developed a simple tool that they hope will help resolve this issue.

The microbe that stops malaria

Scientists have discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria.

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