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Science and the Industrial Strategy

Parliamentary Links Day is the largest science event in Parliament. Now in its 30th year, the event aims to bring together the scientific community and MPs to discuss the most pressing issues in science policy. With a jam-packed schedule and … Continue reading

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Keeping up with virus taxonomy

As sequencing technologies continue to become more efficient, more and more viruses are being discovered. However, classification of these new viruses still relies upon information about physical properties. New viruses cannot be defined on sequence alone.  The International Committee on … Continue reading

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Science and the Assembly 2018

This year, on 22 May, the 14th Annual Science and the Assembly took place in Cardiff. Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, it brought together representatives from key scientific industries in Wales to speak about the important links between … Continue reading

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Microbiology Editor’s Choice: July 2018

Each month, a manuscript published in our flagship journal Microbiology is chosen by a member of the Editorial Board. This month, the paper is Promiscuity of methionine salvage pathway enzymes in Methanocaldococcus jannaschii, which was selected by Professor Christiane Dahl.   Christiane … Continue reading

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New to Science: July 2018

Each month, the Microbiology Society publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM), which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are a few of the new species that have been discovered and the places they’ve been … Continue reading

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LGBTSTEM Day 2018

“I’m gay”. Those two words are still surprisingly difficult to say out loud, even though I’ve been comfortably ‘out’ for many years. Nowadays (if I want people to know); I cheat. Casually bringing up my husband in conversation is much … Continue reading

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Uncovering the fungal pangenome

This June, Charley McCarthy presented his poster ‘The pangenome of Aspergillus fumigatus’  at the Early Career Microbiologists Summer Conference in Birmingham. Charley is in the third year of his PhD at Maynooth University, supervised by Dr David Fitzpatrick. For those … Continue reading

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