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Microbiology Editor’s Choice feature launched

This month, the Society’s Publishing team launches a new Editor’s Choice feature on Microbiology, which will highlight one paper in each issue that offers notably compelling insight into the field of microbiology. Articles will be selected by Microbiology’s Editor-in-Chief, Agnès Fouet, … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk Extra: Robin May

[gigya src=” http://microbetalk.podomatic.com/swf/joeplayer_v20.swf ” flashvars=” minicast=false&jsonLocation=http%3A%2F%2Fmicrobetalk.podomatic.com%2Fentry%2Fembed_params%2F2013-09-19T01_31_16-07_00%3Fcolor%3D43bee7%26autoPlay%3Dfalse%26facebook%3Dtrue%26height%3D85%26minicast%3Dfalse%26objembed%3D1%26width%3D440″ wmode=”tranparent” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowFullScreen=”true” width=”440″ height=”85″] In the second of our podcasts from the SGM Autumn Conference 2013, I interview Robin May, Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Birmingham. Robin was speaking at … Continue reading

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Silver nanoparticles have antibacterial properties!

Post by Rebecca Way, University of Aberdeen Silver nanoparticles have been shown to have effective antibacterial activity against a range of disease-causing bacteria. In this study featured in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, nano-silver was put to the test against … Continue reading

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Viruses hijack cellular microRNAs for their own advantage

Post by Andras Donaszi-Ivanov, University of East Anglia Researchers have found that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can manipulate levels of regulatory genetic material, called microRNAs, in host cells, helping the virus suppress the immune response to aid its survival. This … Continue reading

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Bacterioides fragilis: resistance is rising

Post by Naomi Osborne, ThermoFisher Scientific The emergence of multi-drug resistant (MDR) micro-organisms is ever increasing; Staphylococcus aureus, Clostrium difficile, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Acinetobacter baumanii – the list seems endless. A review published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology discusses the … Continue reading

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‘Naturally’ targeted inhibition of gut pathogens over commensals

Post by David Guymer, Newcastle University The term ‘essential oils’ is frequently used and often represents a catch-all for a variety of volatile, water-insoluble compounds extracted from plants. While potentially harmful, undiluted, these oils have been used throughout history in … Continue reading

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New techniques detect BSE in extra-neuronal tissue of cattle

Post by Claire Brimacombe, University of Birmingham Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or “Mad Cow Disease,” as it is more publicly known is a transmissible neurodegenerative disease affecting cattle. Importantly, it is also transmissible to humans and there is currently no … Continue reading

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Gene shuffling allows microbial disguise

Post by Janet Daley, University of Nottingham Pathogens employ an array of tricks to evade detection by the immune system of the hosts they infect. The rickettsial bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum is a master of disguise, shuffling genes to change its … Continue reading

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Can novel microbes do our dirty work?

Post by Zoe Freeman, University of Bath Across the globe, teams of intrepid microbiologists are tirelessly sampling and characterising microbes from strange and exotic lands. Just imagine isolating a new yeast species from Hibiscus flowers in Borneo, or a new … Continue reading

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Better, faster typing of Salmonella strains

Post by Lena Ciric, University College London A new method for classifying Salmonella strains has been developed by scientists, giving faster turnaround times and greater reliability. Salmonella strains are notoriously difficult to identify, or type; however new research suggests that … Continue reading

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