Tag Archives: antimicrobial resistance

Could household insects be carrying dangerous bacteria?

We all have insects in our homes, be it spiders, flies or bed-bugs. Their presence, although sometimes annoying, is not seen as anything sinister. But what bacteria could the creepy crawlies hiding under the sofa be carrying?  Federica Boiocchi is … Continue reading

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Call to action against antimicrobial resistance

Professor Jodi Lindsay, Council member of the Society, Chair of the Publishing committee gave us her insight into why antimicrobial resistance is important. In the below video, Jodi explains how the Microbiology Society is providing a platform for cross-disciplinary scientists … Continue reading

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Antimicrobial Resistance and One Health Focused Meeting 2017

At the end of August, Microbiology Society staff and members attended the Antimicrobial Resistance and One Health Focused Meeting at Maynooth University, Ireland. In our latest blog post, Policy Officer Roya Ziaie lays out some of the topics that were … 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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Nations and leaders commit to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Over the last few months there has been a plethora of commitment at the highest level across the world to working together to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Firstly, at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Japan on 26 and 27 May … 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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Could combining drugs with different targets increase resistance?

Bacterial and viral infections are often treated using multiple drugs at once. This is thought to have many advantages, including a lower risk of drug resistance. But according to a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences … Continue reading

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How much might antimicrobial resistance cost? $100 trillion.

Today at the Wellcome Trust’s headquarters in London, economist Jim O’Neill will launch Antimicrobial Resistance: Tackling a Crisis for the Health and Wealth of Nations, the first paper from the economic review he chairs that will investigate the growing problem … 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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