Microbiology & Virology

A dark winter ahead?

The NHS faces a tough winter. Already under pressure from the backlog of cases that built up during the pandemic, the spectre of a COVID resurgence, along with the usual seasonal flu, threatens to overwhelm services.

Diagnosing children’s cancer in the pandemic

A study of cancer in children and young adults in England has found that fewer patients were diagnosed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Natural killer cells vs. macrophages

New knowledge about naturally acquired malaria immunity may improve vaccines, it is claimed.

A time for reflection

David Wells looks back over his first six months as Chief Executive of the IBMS.

June Almeida: virus imaging pioneer

Beginning her career as a junior hospital technician, Dr June Almeida completed it as a world-renowned virologist whose techniques revolutionised diagnostic electron microscopy. She was also the first person to see a human coronavirus. Here we look back over her life.

Tech news: November

This month's top tech news stories

Long Covid – first evidence of inflammatory micro clots

New research indicates that an overload of various inflammatory molecules “trapped” inside insoluble microscopic blood clots could be the cause of some of the lingering symptoms of long COVID.

The silent pandemic: Antimicrobial resistance

Infections caused by antimicrobial-resistant organisms are increasing. From dog food to climate change, we look at the issues.

On the boundary of knowledge

Nikhil Faulkner discusses his immunogenicity work with SARS-CoV-2 variants and how the pandemic is changing the nature of research.

Jab in the arm, or puff up the nose?

A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in the US and UK has found that administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine intranasally to infected hamsters and monkeys reduced viral loads in nasal swabs, suggesting reduced shedding.

Microscopic imaging without a microscope

A new technique has been developed that uses high-throughput sequencing, instead of a microscope, to obtain ultra-high-resolution images of gene expression from a tissue slide.

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