Category Archives: Video

Bacterial freeloaders: An unexpected mechanism of resistance

Bacteria are very good at evolving resistance to our drugs. Once all-powerful wonder-cures, antibiotics are steadily becoming less effective. If antibiotic resistance continues to spread, reports suggest that by 2050, 10 million people could die every year from infections we … Continue reading

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What is Herd Immunity?

When you think of a herd, you probably think of cows, wildebeest or buffalo. In the animal world, there is safety in numbers – more pairs of eyes to look out for predators, for example. As humans, we don’t generally have … Continue reading

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Best videos and podcasts of 2016

We’ve been busy this year producing lots of multimedia content about microbiology! If you missed some of it the first time, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites below. Don’t forget, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel and to our podcast … Continue reading

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Let’s Play – Plague Inc: Evolved (with a scientist)

Plague Inc: Evolved is a video game where players try to evolve a pathogen that can infect and kill the whole of humanity. While this is obviously not our aim here at the Society, the game does provide an interesting angle for looking … Continue reading

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What is antibiotic resistance?

This week is the WHO’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, which raises awareness of one of the world’s biggest health threats. But what is antibiotic resistance? How is it spread? What can we do to prevent its spread? These are some … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Grants: The motility of Staphylococcus aureus

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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Could we use bacteria to power tiny wind farms?

A single drop of fluid can contain billions of bacteria swimming around inside it. For the most part, the movements of these bacteria are random and chaotic. But if you look at them under the microscope, you begin to see … Continue reading

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What is CRISPR-Cas?

CRISPR-Cas is making headlines as a powerful new gene editing tool that could change the whole of biology. Scientists are already using CRISPR to introduce genes for disease resistance into crops, insert malaria blocking genes into mosquitoes, and remove HIV … Continue reading

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Exploring Open Data: The Importance of Sustained Sequencing

Open data has the potential to revolutionise microbial genomics.  But in practice, many of the benefits of this technology remain untapped. So how can we achieve greater data sharing? Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring some highlights from a panel discussion … Continue reading

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Exploring Open Data: Outbreak Surveillance on an International Scale

Open data has the potential to revolutionise microbial genomics.  But in practice, many of the benefits of this technology remain untapped. So how can we achieve greater data sharing? Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring some highlights from a panel discussion … Continue reading

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