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Can we model how viruses move between species?

Dr Ben Longdon from the University of Cambridge is presenting his work on emerging viruses at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference today (24 March). He may have found the key to predicting which viruses will emerge to cause severe illness … Continue reading

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What is Zika virus?

In the past few weeks, there have been a number of reports about the rise of Zika virus, another member of the family that includes yellow fever virus, dengue virus and West Nile virus. But what is Zika virus? How is … Continue reading

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World Polio Day 2015

24 October is World Polio Day. The day was established by Rotary International over ten years ago, to mark the birth of Jonas Salk, who developed the first effective polio vaccine with his team in 1952. Since then, we have … Continue reading

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Mosquito bites: More than just an irritation?

For a lot of people, getting bitten by a mosquito is an unpleasant experience, leaving an angry red wheal that can last a few days. But aside from the irritation and itchiness it can cause, could the inflammation from bites … Continue reading

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World Hepatitis Day

28 July is World Hepatitis Day, which aims to promote better awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis, and ultimately seeks a world free from the disease. Every year 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis but many of these deaths could … Continue reading

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Co-circulation of viruses between apes and humans in Africa

On 21 July 1969, Neil Armstrong made mankind’s most famous leap, when he opened the Eagle’s hatch and stepped down onto the lunar surface. Hundreds of thousands of miles away in Ghana, something else happened in 1969 that you may … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: November 2013

[gigya src=” http://microbetalk.podomatic.com/swf/joeplayer_v20a.swf ” flashvars=” minicast=false&jsonLocation=http%3A%2F%2Fmicrobetalk.podomatic.com%2Fentry%2Fembed_params%2F2013-11-11T02_01_48-08_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″] A few weeks ago, we were kindly invited by the European Society for Virology to go to their congress in Lyon. Ben got to interview several virologists about vaccine … Continue reading

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Microbe Video: Julie Pfeiffer

Last month, we were invited by the European Society of Virology to go to their conference in Lyon, France, and interview some of the researchers that were presenting their work. In this video, we spoke to Julie Pfeiffer, Associate Professor … Continue reading

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