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Old, deep and close to home: the places that scientists are looking for new drugs

Many of the drugs we use in hospitals – antibiotics, antifungals and anti-cancer drugs, to name but a few – are produced by bacteria that live in the soil beneath our feet. Most of the antibiotics we use were discovered … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: August 2015

Could the mud and soil a person walks through be used to identify where they’ve been? In part two of our forensic microbiology special, we look at the ways that soil from crime scenes can help pinpoint the whereabouts of … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: November 2014

New York’s Central Park is huge. This iconic rectangle of greenery, 2.5 miles long and 0.5 miles wide, receives 40 million human visitors annually and is home to hundreds of species of animals and insects, and over 25,000 trees. But what … Continue reading

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Under pressure: how do microbes grow in compacted soil?

This week, the Society for General Microbiology is hosting its first ever Focused Meeting, a mini-conference specialising on a specific topic within microbiology. This incarnation of the event is themed Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Soil Microbiology and is taking … Continue reading

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New to science: October 2013

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 … Continue reading

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