Microbiology & Virology

Wastewater disease monitoring

What can we learn from analysing wastewater and what potential roles could the surveillance method play in the future? We look at the issues.

The big question: Should specialist biomedical scientists be redefined?

This month we ask “Should specialist biomedical scientists be redefined?”

Crucial collaboration

Understanding how the health of humans and animals is connected provides vital understanding of viruses. Professor Nicola Lewis, the new Director of the Worldwide Influenza Centre, highlights her priorities in the role.

Covid-19 fattens body cells to fuel viral takeover

The virus that causes COVID-19 performs a takeover of the body’s fat-processing system, creating cellular storehouses of fat empowering the virus to hijack the body’s molecular machinery and cause disease.

Tech news: August 2022

This month's top tech news stories

UTIs and bacterial shapeshifting behaviour

Around 80% of UTIs are caused by uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC), which is increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

The key players in liver regeneration

Even if up to 70% of the human liver is removed, the remaining tissue can regrow a full-sized liver within months.

A call to arms: returning to practice in the pandemicA call to arms: returning to practice in the pandemic

Tracey Warnett, Teaching Technical Manager at the University of Bradford, on her experiences of returning to the bench.

Miniproteins that launch two-pronged attacks

A new approach developed by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) provides an alternative mechanism to vaccines, which renders viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 inactive.

Emerging threat? The rapid spread of a zoonotic disease

Why did a disease that is endemic in the tropical rainforest environments of West Africa and the Congo basin start spreading around the world?