Microbiology & Virology

Cutting-edge research pt.3

The IBMS has awarded five research grants this year. Here the final two successful candidates outline the work that they are undertaking.

New trojan horse antibiotic

Simon Portsmouth explains the latest trials of a hopeful new antibiotic and looks at the ongoing fight against drug-resistant bacteria.

Evaluating antibody disks

EUCAST has evaluated the quality of 16 antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) discs from nine manufacturers against EUCAST targets and ranges for relevant quality control strains.

Awards for NHS Fife team

The microbiology and emergency care team at NHS Fife has won an award for its improvement to flu testing.

Protocol 3 automated colony counter

Synbiosis, a long-established, expert manufacturer of automated microbiological systems, is pleased to announce its ProtoCOL 3 automated colony counter is being used at a major teaching hospital in London.

Leds to tackle MRSA?

Researchers are testing whether a simple light-emitting diode (LED) array can be used to inactivate methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

“Superbug spreading undetected”

A superbug resistant to all known antibiotics is spreading undetected through hospital wards across the world, it is claimed.

Olympus driving research forward

With expanded imaging capabilities, Olympus has launched version 2.1 of its imaging platform cellSens.

Measurement software upgrade

Synbiosis’ eAST software for automatic zone measurement of antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) plates has been upgraded to improve antibiotic SIR (Susceptible, Intermediate, Resistant) category determination.

Bacteria provoke “warfare”

Some bacteria can release toxins that provoke their neighbours into attacking each other, says a new study.

First Keystone human infection

Keystone virus has made the jump from mosquitoes to humans, with a case now confirmed in Florida.

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