Microbiology & Virology

A universal vaccine?

Scientists have demonstrated a new, RNA-based vaccine strategy that is effective against any strain of a virus and can be used safely even by babies and the immunocompromised.

Enzymes open new path to universal donor blood

The quest to develop universal donor blood has taken a decisive step forward, it is claimed.

New five-year plan to combat antimicrobial resistance

The government’s national action plan will commit the UK to reducing its use of antimicrobials – such as antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals – in humans and animals, strengthen surveillance of drug-resistant infections before they emerge and incentivise industry to develop the next generation of treatments.

Sponsored: Time is of the essence in the management of sepsis

Every year, 49 million people acquire sepsis. Time is of the essence for appropriate therapy as the key driver of clinical outcomes.

UK standards for microbiology investigations

Chris Ward, IBMS Head of Examinations, and Ruhi Siddiqui, Head of the Standards Unit at the UK Health Security Agency, with the latest updates.

How do viruses jump between hosts?

Cedric Tan, a computational biologist specialising in microbial (meta)genomics, discusses his recent viral genomes study.

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Faecal microbiota transplant for C. diff

In the first comprehensive US evidence-based guideline on the use of faecal microbiota-based therapies for gastrointestinal disease, the American Gastroenterological Association recommends faecal microbiota transplant (FMT) for most patients with recurrent Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infection.

Tackling priority pathogen with phages

A new study describes the use of phage therapy to eradicate multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in vivo with important new implications for antibiotic resistance.

My lab: Clinical microbiology service

Senior Biomedical Scientist James Griffiths gives a guided tour of his lab at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Tech news: March 2024

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