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Antivitamins hold promise in overcoming antimicrobial resistance

Are antivitamins the solution to the antimicrobial resistance problem? Microbiologists have now identified a new approach that involves 'antivitamins', and these are said to hold promise with the development of a new generation of antimicrobials.

Transmission of multidrug resistant tuberculosis and cannabis use

The microbiological quality of cannabis represents an important research and public health area, especially as cannabis intake increases. This is especially so in the case of TB. If cannabis is contaminated, this will present risks to users.

Op-Ed: Coronavirus — New alert over substandard hand sanitizers

Hand sanitization step has taken on additional importance during the coronavirus pandemic. But many products are substandard. What needs to be looked out for in terms of product selection?

Essential Science: Skin deep? Review of tattoo ink contaminants

Tattooing is increasing in popularity, especially among younger people. But how safe is tattooing? A recent review has looked at the microbial contamination rates of tattoo inks and has unearthed some concerns.

Coronavirus anti-viral inhaler medication being developed

Scientists are working on an anti-COVID-19 medication that can be administered via an inhaler. The preliminary results has been published and their are pointers that this could develop into an effective treatment.

Essential Science: Firing the arrow with new antibiotics

Scientists have successful developed a so-termed 'poisoned arrow' designed to defeat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Such developments are critical in the battle against antimicrobial resistant organisms. The success is based on a dual-mechanism.

Presence of microbial DNA in blood may indicate signs of cancer

A new study indicates that looking for signs of certain microbial DNA in a patient's blood may be tell-tale sign of cancer. The discovery could help to advance cancer detection.

Artificial intelligence finds new antibiotic

Technologists, working with microbiologists, have made a significant breakthrough in the hunt for new antimicrobials. By using artificial intelligence, a new candidate antibiotic has been identified.

Op-Ed: Myth-busting: The worst of the coronavirus falsehoods

The global preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic is, unfortunately, leading to a plethora of fake news stories geared around attempts at self-protection and cures. Some are due to ignorance, others more malicious. We look at a few of these.

Imbalance of gut bacteria linked to bowel cancer

New research suggests that a bacterium commonly found in the gut may, under particular conditions, release a toxin that triggers mutations in the cells found in the lining of the gut and this can lead to bowel cancer.

New medicine to target brain-eating amoebae

The first-ever drug product to combat a brain eating amoebae has been developed. The amoebae can trigger dangerous types of encephalitis, and this comes with a very high mortality rate.

Enlisting bacteria to make ‘green’ nylon

Using bacteria to convert sugars into “green” products, such as polymer precursors for nylon, is progressing due to advances with metabolic engineering such as a specially designed biosensor from Los Alamos.

Essential Science: Gut bacteria affect how the colon moves

A research study, looking at the microbiome of the human gut, shows how gut bacteria influence how the colon moves, and with this how digestion is controlled along with reasons for poor digestive health.

Essential Science: Biosignatures detect early symptoms of TB

Researchers have developed an advanced method for the detection of biosignature, paving the way for the early detection of tuberculosis. The method allows for TB to be detected in patients, months before symptoms appear.

WHO calls on big pharma to tackle antibiotic crisis

The World health Organization has called upon the major pharmaceutical firms to do more to tackle the global shortage of antimicrobial drugs, in the face of increases of multi-drug resistant microorganisms.

Using microorganisms to address microplastic pollution

The challenge to the environment posed by microplastics has received considerable attention and some different solutions have been proposed, as efforts are made to reduce reliance upon plastics. One solution involves microbes.

Essential Science: Is a vaccine for MRSA possible?

MRSA has caused numerous deaths in the hospital setting. Despite good progress with other vaccines, no vaccine for MRSA appears in sight. A new study shows why this is and points towards the best direction to go forwards.

Algae enzyme converts cooking oil into ready-to-use biofuel

A rare algae enzyme has been shown to be able to convert waste cooking oil, via a photo-bio-catalytic continuous flow system, into a ready-to-use biofuel.

Is airplane sewage spreading antibiotic-resistant microbes?

Examining sewage from five airports, microbiologists have found that 90 percent of 187 E. coli isolated were resistant to at least one antibiotic.

Q&A: Monitoring algal health is key to biofuel development Special

New methods are being applied to identify new and improved algae strains for the production of biofuels. An example is with fluorescence-based, high-throughput flow cytometry, which is being pioneered at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Q&A: Genetic testing can identify antibiotic resistance Special

LexaGene has developed a point of care medical device that can identify pathogens as well as antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance within one hour. The device does this completely automatically through the amplification of genetic material.

Understanding the mechanism of a viral explosion

Sometimes, after anti-viral medicines are administered, a 'rebound' occurs and the virus again replicates (and at a rapid pace). The mechanisms behind this have been the subject of new research.

Microbiologists become more 'cultured' after annual conference Special

Nottingham - The importance of a contamination control strategy and a science-based approach to addressing microbial issues are the key elements for any pharmaceutical microbiologist’s toolbox. These were the main lessons from the Pharmig annual conference.

Microbiologists 'colonize' Nottingham to discuss hot topics Special

Nottingham - Each November pharmaceutical microbiologists converge for the annual Pharmig conference to discuss medicinal safety and the latest developments in all-things microbiology. On day one of year's event pharmaceutical regulators outlined their expectations.

Novel process allows microbes to harvest electrons

In a new, and very novel, process researchers have shown how a species of bacteria can be used to 'eat' electricity. This involves pulling in electrons away from an electrode source.

Is it time for a ‘shocking’ new way to kill microbes?

A new electrochemical approach is being developed to treat infections of metal-based implants, according to a new research study. The technology appears to be able to kill bacteria and fungi and reduce infection risk.

Hospital clean-up actually increased microbial contamination

Edinburgh - A new study into the clean-up of a hospital in response to bacterial contamination reveals that the remediation process actually made matters worse, dislodging more contamination than there actually was to start with.

Mucus helps inactivate bacterial biofilms

Boston - New research into mucus shows that it plays an essential role in controlling bacterial biofilms and helping to prevent infection. This is due to sugar molecules present, termed glycans and these disarm opportunistic pathogens.

Q&A: Solving the tuberculosis crisis using technology Special

LLamasoft, a supply chain design software designer, and a FIND non-profit healthcare organization, have recently partnered to use AI technology to find millions of undiagnosed patients impacted by tuberculosis.

Half of all commonly used drugs change the gut microbiome

New research, presented at UEG Week 2019 (19-23 October), has linked half of all commonly used drugs to profound changes in the gut microbiome. This has implications for human health and wellbeing.
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Pharmig stand at the conference  putting forward new ideas for pharmaceutical microbiology.
Pharmig stand at the conference, putting forward new ideas for pharmaceutical microbiology.
Microbial technology for assessing the sterility of medicinal products on show.
Microbial technology for assessing the sterility of medicinal products on show.
Microbiological culture media
Microbiological culture media
Microbiologists discussing the latest technologies for contamination control at the exhibition part ...
Microbiologists discussing the latest technologies for contamination control at the exhibition part of Pharmig's Irish conference.
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Laboratoty technician microbiological analysis
Bacteria growing in microbial culture media.
Bacteria growing in microbial culture media.
A microbiologist undertakes molecular testing into an unknown bacterium. Photograph taken in Tim San...
A microbiologist undertakes molecular testing into an unknown bacterium. Photograph taken in Tim Sandle's laboratory.
Global audit specialist Julie Roberts discusses best practices for microbiological identification at...
Global audit specialist Julie Roberts discusses best practices for microbiological identification at the conference.
Selection of microbiological culture media. Collecting samples can help to provide a basis for under...
Selection of microbiological culture media. Collecting samples can help to provide a basis for understanding risk.
Exhibitors examining microbiological methods at the Pharmig conference.
Exhibitors examining microbiological methods at the Pharmig conference.
Microbiological culture media  a colorful array for growing microbes  on show at the Pharmig 2019 co...
Microbiological culture media, a colorful array for growing microbes, on show at the Pharmig 2019 conference.
The lecture hall at the 2014 Pharmig microbiology conference (Nottingham  U.K.)
The lecture hall at the 2014 Pharmig microbiology conference (Nottingham, U.K.)
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The logo screen  welcoming delegates to the Pharmig microbiology conference.
The logo screen, welcoming delegates to the Pharmig microbiology conference.
A technician viewing agar plates on a colony counter  Tim Sandle s laboratory.
A technician viewing agar plates on a colony counter, Tim Sandle's laboratory.
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Agar plates for culturing bacteria (Tim Sandle's laboratory, UK)

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