Coalition of leading scientists claim ferret experiments could lead to a pandemic
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Thursday 21 January 2010
Scientists have devised a way of tracking the spread of antibiotic-resistant bugs within a hospital by analysing the smallest changes to the genetic signature of the microbe as it spreads from person to person.
Monday 28 December 2009
Disinfectants designed to keep bacteria out of homes and hospitals could be fuelling the growth of superbugs. Scientists found that exposing infectious bacteria to increasing amounts of disinfectant turned the bugs into hardy survivors. The bacteria also developed resistance to the antibiotic, ciprofloxacin – despite not having previously encountered the drug.
Monday 28 September 2009
Visitors arrived at The Smithfield Gallery last week to see some of the world’s most deadly viruses and bacteria up close. Luke Jerram's Viral Sculptures sees some of the world’s most deadly diseases intricately rendered into translucent glass works.
Saturday 01 August 2009
Monday 15 June 2009
A tiny purple bug discovered three kilometres under Greenland ice has been reawakened from a slumber lasting more than 100,000 years.
Friday 12 June 2009
Pandemic status has been called because the number of cases of H1N1 has now reached a threshold value. This situation was, and is, expected. Cases of infection will continue to appear throughout the next few weeks or months as the disease spreads. As time progresses, cases are likely to lessen as the natural immunity of the population develops and control measures are implemented.
Monday 11 May 2009
Thursday 09 April 2009
Saturday 07 March 2009
Friday 23 January 2009
An irresistible book on a gruesome topic, this absorbing account of microbes will make you see the world anew. We learn that smallpox killed off the Stuarts and the lice-borne typhus bug R.prowazekii "played a key role" in defeating Napoleon.
Wednesday 07 January 2009
A baby has died and six others were in isolation last night after an infection broke out in a hospital's neonatal unit.
Tuesday 06 January 2009
One baby has died and six others were in an isolation ward tonight after a bug hit a hospital's neo-natal unit.
Wednesday 09 July 2008
Friday 29 February 2008
Deaths linked to Clostridium difficile have risen by nearly three quarters, according to official figures published yesterday.
Sunday 27 January 2008
When I woke up Friday morning I was absolutely thrilled with the news on the radio. Something very, very important had happened in some laboratory somewhere. It was Dr Craig Venter, head of the research team who had been studying the thing, relaying the scoop to John Humphrys:
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