Tag Archives: Antibiotics

Fighting Microbes with Money

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious problem. In 2014, the Prime Minister described it as having the potential to cast us back “into the dark ages of medicine”. This month, the Government added AMR to the National Risk Register of … Continue reading

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Get into the groove: Tackling antimicrobial resistance with synthetic genes

“Biotechnology is set to be the next industrial revolution, and I didn’t want to miss it!” That’s what Chemical Engineer, Emilio Cortes-Sanchez said when asked why he turned to microbiology in his search for new antimicrobial treatments. Emilio’s work was … Continue reading

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Pathways of resistance: from mercury to methicillin

In a climate of rising fear over the diminishing efficacy of antibiotics, microbiologists from the Universities of Nottingham and East Anglia have looked back at the bacteria-killing substances of the pre-antibiotic era: metals. Dr Jon Hobman and Dr Lisa Crossman’s … Continue reading

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Research Councils UK highlights initiatives to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Yesterday, Research Councils UK (RCUK) – the partnership of the UK’s seven research councils – set out the initiatives they are taking to tackle the serious issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). RCUK was responding to the House of Commons Science … Continue reading

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86th Anniversary of Fleming’s Discovery of Penicillin, the first antibiotic

Penicillin, the first widely available antibiotic drug, was discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming 86 years ago today, on 28 September 1928. Upon its introduction into mainstream medicine in the 1940s, penicillin was hailed as a ‘miracle cure’. To this day, … Continue reading

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Opinion: The Longitude Prize and antibiotic research funding

Cash prizes have long been the drivers of scientific innovation, be it in the development of synthetic blue pigment in 19th century France, or the XPrize’s continuing efforts to award those developing “radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity”. This … Continue reading

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Chief Medical Officer names new programmes for antimicrobial research

Last week, during a House of Commons Select Committee hearing, Professor Dame Sally Davies – the Government’s Chief Medical Officer – named two new government programmes intended to coordinate antimicrobial research. She also called for the creation of a collaborative research network … Continue reading

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Funders focus on lack of microbiology skills

In the latest House of Commons Select Committee hearing on antimicrobial resistance, research funders highlighted a lack of skilled microbiologists as a major factor holding back the UK’s efforts to fight antibiotic resistance and cut the burden of infectious disease. … Continue reading

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