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Microbiology Society Fleming Prize 2017: Professor Stephen Baker

Earlier this year, Professor Stephen Baker from the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was awarded the Microbiology Society’s Fleming Prize at our Annual Conference. In this post, Dr Freya Harrison gives us an … Continue reading

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Science and the Assembly 2017

Earlier this month, Microbiology Society staff and members attended the annual Science and the Assembly event at the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff. Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the event aims to strengthen links between Welsh policy-makers … Continue reading

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New to science: Microbes from the Mariana Trench and the International Space Station

The Mariana Trench contains the deepest known location on Earth, lying over 10km below sea level. Back in 2012, James Cameron (director of Avatar and Titanic) piloted a solo expedition to the bottom of the trench in a specially designed … Continue reading

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Scratching the surface: how microbes adhere to worktops

Have you ever noticed when cleaning a sink or a saucepan that certain spots get tougher to clean over time, and the harder you scrub them, the worse it gets? This sometimes happens when we clean things with abrasive products … Continue reading

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Podcast: Does air pollution make bacteria more dangerous?

Air pollution is a big problem. It’s our single largest environmental health risk, and causes an eighth of all global deaths worldwide. We know that air pollution increases respiratory diseases and the risk of infections like pneumonia. But now, new … Continue reading

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Microbe Post has won an award!

We got some great news yesterday – Microbe Post has won the Dr Katharine Giles award for best science blog at the ABSW Science Writers’ Awards! Needless to say, we’re chuffed to bits. Thanks so much to the ABSW and … Continue reading

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The fungus that makes ‘zombie ants’ could use biological clocks to control their minds

The world of parasites can sometimes be extremely gruesome. Take, for example, the charming female jewel wasp, which uses a cockroach as a living incubator for its larvae. The wasp stings the roach in the brain, and leads the much bigger … Continue reading

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