Category Archives: Podcast

Microbe Talk: March 2016

This week has seen the Society decamp to Liverpool for our Annual Conference 2016. It’s been a fantastic event with over 1,400 delegates in attendance and more than 300 scientific presentations and posters. For this month’s edition of Microbe Talk, … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk Extra: ProMED – An early warning system for emerging diseases

In the modern world, the spread of diseases like MERS, SARS, avian flu, Ebola, and Zika virus seems almost unavoidable. But to stop outbreaks spiralling out of control into global disasters, researchers, doctors and public health professionals need to know … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: February 2016

It’s a well-known fact that the number of bacteria in, and on, a person outnumber the actual human cells present by 10:1, right? While this ratio often appears on presentation slides across the world, is it actually true? In this … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: January 2016

Nature is full of patterns that follow fundamental mathematical rules – from nautilus shells to spiral galaxies, lightning bolts to blood vessels. In the first podcast of 2016, Anand spoke to Prof Raymond Goldstein from the University of Cambridge about the mathematical … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: December 2015

In a festive edition of our podcast, we hear from Dr Arnoud van Vliet from the Institute of Food Research. Arnoud tells us about his group’s research into foodborne pathogens like Campylobacter, and gives us his top tips for avoiding … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: November 2015

How could you convert the dust, leaves and cigarettes that litter the side of the road into something useful and valuable? In this month’s podcast, we spoke to Dr Angela Murray from the University of Birmingham about using microbes to turn waste … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk Extra: Swallowed by a whale

Baleen whales are some of the largest creatures on Earth, but they feed on some of the smallest – tiny ocean-dwelling crustaceans called krill and copepods. Smaller still are the microscopic organisms that help the whales to digest this vast … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: October 2015

This month’s podcast is all about microbes in remote and hostile environments. Ben spoke to Dr Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiologist from the University of Leicester, about NASA’s recent announcement that there is liquid water on Mars. Lewis told us more about … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk Extra: Cryptosporidium

This summer, many people living in Lancashire were forced to boil their drinking and cooking water, after an outbreak of a parasite that can cause a nasty bout of stomach cramps and diarrhoea. This outbreak was caused by the protozoan Cryptosporidium, … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: September 2015

In this month’s podcast: Ebola vaccines for chimpanzees and engineering the built environment to prevent the spread of infections. First up, Anand visited the labs of the Healthy Infrastructure Research Group at UCL. Dr Lena Ciric and her team told … Continue reading

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