Category Archives: Animal Microbiology

On the Horizon: Rift Valley fever

In 1930, a new disease was reported in sheep on a farm near the town of Naivasha, in the central Rift Valley region of Kenya. This disease caused mass spontaneous abortions among pregnant ewes and the death of newborn lambs. … Continue reading

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How is the hepatitis C-like hepacivirus of horses transmitted?

In 2011, a new virus was identified in dogs that were suffering from respiratory disease. Analysis revealed that this virus – at the time named canine hepacivirus (CHV) – was the closest known relative of the human virus hepatitis C … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Grants: Do tardigrades have a microbiome?

Each year, the Microbiology Society awards a number of grants that enable undergraduates to work on microbiological research projects during the summer vacation. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting a series of articles from students who were awarded … Continue reading

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Cows on antibiotics release more methane from their dung

It’s a well-known fact that cattle and other livestock are responsible for releasing greenhouse gases like methane into the atmosphere. However, contrary to popular belief, it’s actually bovine burps, not farts, that are to blame. Methane from belching is a … Continue reading

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Is Antarctic wildlife at risk from human E. coli?

Antarctica is the only continent on Earth without a native human population. But at any one time, there are still thousands of people living there, most of them scientists. During the course of their research, it’s inevitable that these scientists … Continue reading

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Can we model how viruses move between species?

Dr Ben Longdon from the University of Cambridge is presenting his work on emerging viruses at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference today (24 March). He may have found the key to predicting which viruses will emerge to cause severe illness … Continue reading

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Old, deep and close to home: the places that scientists are looking for new drugs

Many of the drugs we use in hospitals – antibiotics, antifungals and anti-cancer drugs, to name but a few – are produced by bacteria that live in the soil beneath our feet. Most of the antibiotics we use were discovered … Continue reading

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