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  1. Prize Lecture winners 2015

    30 October 2014

    The Society for General Microbiology is delighted to announce the 2015 Prize Lecture Winners. These prestigious prizes are awarded in recognition of significant contributions to areas of microbiology. All the Prize Lecture winners will present a lecture on their work at the Society’s 2015 Annual Conference, to be held 30 March – 2 April in Birmingham.

  2. New research suggests microbiome studies should encompass a wider diversity of human populations

    12 May 2014

    Microbial samples taken from populations living in the USA and Tanzania reveal that the human-hand microbiome is more varied than previously thought.

  3. New research shows bacteria survive longer in contact lens cleaning solution than previously thought

    17 April 2014

    Each year in the UK, bacterial infections cause around 6,000 cases of a severe eye condition known as microbial keratitis – an inflammation and ulceration of the cornea that can lead to loss of vision. The use of contact lenses has been identified as a particular risk factor for microbial keratitis.

  4. New research shows how pathogenic E. coli O157:H7 binds to fresh vegetables

    16 April 2014

    Food poisoning outbreaks linked to disease-causing strains of the bacterium Escherichia coli are normally associated with tainted meat products. However, between 20-30% of these are caused by people eating contaminated vegetables, as was seen in the 2011 outbreak in Europe that caused 53 deaths. Research presented today at the Society for General Microbiology’s Annual Conference shows that the disease-causing E. coli O157:H7 interacts directly with plant cells, allowing it to anchor to the surface of a plant, where it can multiply.

  5. Awareness campaign shows signs of delaying onset of drug resistant gonorrhoea in UK

    14 April 2014

    Control of gonorrhoea is dependent on successful antibiotic treatment, and the bacterium that causes the infection, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, has become increasingly resistance to every antibiotic used to treat it over the last 60 years. Today, at the Society for General Microbiology’s Annual Conference in Liverpool, Professor Cathy Ison explains the challenges facing the treatment of the disease, which threatens to become resistant to all antibiotics.

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