Category Archives: Virology

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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Using yeast to produce a better polio vaccine

On 14-15 June, the Early Careers Microbiologists’ Forum Conference will be held at the University of Birmingham. The Conference will give Early Career Microbiologists the opportunity to present their research, network and attend professional development sessions.  Lee Sherry provides some … Continue reading

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Déjà flu: can science help the NHS cope with the annual burden of respiratory infections?

Last winter’s flu season was widely covered as having put huge pressure on the NHS, with reports the NHS is being thrown into ‘crisis’. What went wrong? And how can the NHS be supported in the future? At the Microbiology … Continue reading

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HPV In Malawi

Malawi, in Sub-Saharan Africa, has the highest incidence and mortality of cervical cancer in the world. Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by human papillomavirus, or HPV. Earlier this year, the Microbiology Society funded one of our members, … Continue reading

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Researchers are hunting for viruses that could cause the next pandemic

Scientists around the world are looking for the next SARS or MERS virus in wildlife from disease emergence ‘hotspots’. giulia/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 In late 2002, a new kind of lung infection began to emerge in the Guandong province of southern … Continue reading

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Koalas have a virus that might protect them from chlamydia

In 2016, the koala was upgraded from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The cuddly-looking marsupial is not only threatened by habitat loss, but also by disease – most notably chlamydia infections. Different species … Continue reading

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How concerned should we be about H7N9 flu?

The past few weeks have seen an increasing amount of coverage about an ongoing outbreak of the H7N9 strain of avian influenza in China (often called ‘bird flu’). Reports suggest that in January almost 200 people were confirmed as being … Continue reading

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