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Microbe Talk: December 2015

In a festive edition of our podcast, we hear from Dr Arnoud van Vliet from the Institute of Food Research. Arnoud tells us about his group’s research into foodborne pathogens like Campylobacter, and gives us his top tips for avoiding … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: November 2015

How could you convert the dust, leaves and cigarettes that litter the side of the road into something useful and valuable? In this month’s podcast, we spoke to Dr Angela Murray from the University of Birmingham about using microbes to turn waste … Continue reading

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Deadlier than Darth: Death by worm-star

If you happen to be a nematode, worm-stars are probably your worst nightmare. One minute, you’re swimming around minding your own business. The next, you’ve been sucked into a wildly thrashing mass of your peers, all stuck to each other … Continue reading

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Invisible You: Art and Microbiology at the Eden Project

Invisible You. The Human Microbiome is a new permanent exhibition at the Eden Project, exploring the trillions of microbes that live on and within us. The exhibit, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust, features amazing work from a dozen artists on themes … Continue reading

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Using bacteria to make self-healing concrete

Concrete is the most commonly used construction material on earth. It’s made from mixing cement, sand, stone and water, and is used in everything from roads and buildings to bridges and sewers. Although concrete is strong and can withstand a … Continue reading

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Q&A: Professor Jeff Errington

Next month, Society member Professor Jeff Errington FRS will be awarded the prestigious Leeuwenhoek Medal by the Royal Society. The award, named after pioneering Dutch microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, is awarded triennially and recognises excellence in the fields of bacteriology, … Continue reading

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Antibiotic resistance transfer: where’s the culprit?

Escherichia coli is a species of bacteria that forms an essential part of the gut microbiome of many warm-blooded animals, including humans. Most strains are completely harmless to us, but some cause diseases including food poisoning and urinary tract infections. … Continue reading

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To the batcave! Scientists hunting white-nose syndrome clues discover new bacteria

Researchers from the Czech Republic recently had a lucky break when they discovered not one but two new species of bacteria in bats that were emerging from hibernation in the Jeseníky Mountains in the north of the country. The discoveries … Continue reading

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New to Science: January 2015

Each month, the Society for General Microbiology publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are a few of the new species that have been discovered, and the places they’ve … Continue reading

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New to Science: December 2014

Each month, the Society for General Microbiology publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are a few of the new species that have been discovered, and the places they’ve … Continue reading

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