Tag Archives: antibiotic resistance

Review: ‘Resistance’ on BBC Radio 4

Today, BBC Radio 4 broadcast the first episode of Resistance – a three-part drama series written by Val McDermid and developed through the ‘Experimental Stories’ collaboration between the BBC and the Wellcome Trust. Here, we post a mini-review of the … Continue reading

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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 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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Microbe Talk: When a Scratch Can Kill

Last week, the ExCeL arena in London hosted New Scientist Live, a huge festival of science and technology. During the event the Microbiology Society collaborated with the Biochemical Society to organise a panel discussion about the problem of antimicrobial resistance … Continue reading

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Policy Lunchbox: Review on Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial-resistant infections are an increasing global threat, serious enough that in July 2014 the then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron asked Lord Jim O’Neill to lead a major independent Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, to analyse the global challenges posed by antimicrobial … Continue reading

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Science and the Assembly 2016

Last month, the Microbiology Society’s Public Affairs team attended the annual Science and the Assembly event at the National Assembly for Wales. Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the event aims strengthen links between Welsh policy-makers and the STEMM … Continue reading

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Conflict and cooperation in bacterial communities

Like humans, bacteria in nature often live in communities. New research studying the interactions within these microbial communities shows how bacteria can cooperate with each other to resolve a form of social conflict. Many bacteria live stuck together on surfaces, … Continue reading

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