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Microbe Talk
Category: Natural Sciences
Location: London, UK
Microbe Talk is a podcast from the Microbiology Society, interviewing researchers about bacteria, viruses and parasites. We are the largest microbiology society in Europe, covering all aspects of microbial science.
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November 15, 2019 04:26 AM PST

This month on Microbe Talk is the third episode of Domino Effect, the podcast series where a Microbiology Society member is interviewed by another microbiologist who they have never met before. In this episode, Sarah Jones, PhD student in geomicrobiology at Birkbeck and UCL, is interviewed by Dr John Tregoning, Reader in Respiratory Infections at Imperial College London.

October 31, 2019 08:15 AM PDT

In this episode, Laura and Matt discuss deadly fungi, the flu vaccine and how scientists are making carbon fibers out of algae.

Links to the news stories discussed during this episode can be found below:

Poison fire coral found in Australia: bit.ly/2Nogf8Q
Tsunamis linked to spread of deadly fungal disease: bbc.in/2oxacq0
Researchers turn algae into material as hard as steel: bit.ly/2r17EkX
Badger culls risk increased spread of bovine tuberculosis to cattle: bbc.in/2WAeN7t
Could green tea hold the solution to rising antimicrobial resistance? bit.ly/2PAKLPE
Flu vaccine offered to every primary school child in England: bit.ly/36oqQZV

October 18, 2019 06:26 AM PDT

In this month’s episode of the podcast, Laura speaks with two experts on the relationship with certain microbes and cancer: Professor Paul Farrell, of Imperial College London, and Dr Karen Robinson, from the University of Nottingham.

Paul Farrell: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/p.farrell
Karen Robinson: https://nddcbru.org.uk/team/dr-karen-robinson

Find out more about the relationship between Epstein-Barr Virus and Cancer in Paul’s review: https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-pathmechdis-012418-013023?journalCode=pathmechdis

Research in the Journal of Medical Microbiology investigated how the gut microbiota could be used to predict whether you are likely to develop cancer: https://doi.org/10.1099/jmm.0.001049

October 14, 2019 02:04 AM PDT

This is a special Microbiology Today edition of the podcast. The latest issue of the Society’s magazine, Microbiology Today, focuses on arboviruses and their vectors. In this episode, we discuss some of the prevention strategies and ways of managing arboviruses and their vectors with John Carr from the University of Cambridge and Ewa Chrostek from the University of Liverpool.

September 30, 2019 04:15 AM PDT

MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss some of the times microbiology has been in the news that month. On this month’s episode Laura and Matt are discussing superdrug sniffer dogs, koalas and chlamydia and Valley Fever.

Links to the news stories discussed during this episode can be found below:

'Carnivorous' micro-organisms: www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/08/wo…bably-carnivore
HPV Vaccine: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49522669
Saving koalas at the University of Nottingham: www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british…oalas-n38q3f0br
Common cold stopped by experimental approach: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49682583
Climate change could increase spread of Valley fever: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/…0916114034.htm
Sniffing out superbugs: vancouversun.com/news/local-news/…/health-49522669
Zombie fungus ant:www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49615571

September 13, 2019 05:00 AM PDT

Canine parvovirus is a highly infectious virus that kills thousands of dogs every year. The disease emerged in the 1970s and spread unchecked, causing a global epidemic in 1978. While the epidemic was halted due to the development of a vaccine, outbreaks do still occur.

On this month’s Microbe Talk, Matt talks to Dr Colin Parrish, a veterinary virologist based at Cornell University in New York, USA. Along with the emergence of canine parvovirus, Colin discusses the problems it can cause and what his lab are doing to tackle the disease.

August 29, 2019 04:00 PM PDT

MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss some of the times microbiology has been in the news that month. On this month’s episode Laura and Matt are discussing glowing microbes, ancient microbes, microbes in elk and microbes in the brain.

Links to the news stories discussed in the episode can be found below:
www.inews.co.uk/news/health/river…resistance-genes/
www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/us/bra…amoeba-death.html
www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/s…ever-worldwide/
www.ktvz.com/news/oregon-hunter…s-jan-1/1107313914
www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49262255
www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/ref…an-glowing/

August 09, 2019 03:33 AM PDT

This month on the podcast, we spoke with Dr Mayri Alessandra Diaz De Rienzo, Ale for short, who is lecturer in Biotechnology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Ale is currently in Quebec, Canada, visiting the lab of Professor Eric Déziel on a Microbiology Society Research Visit Grant. Ale has travelled to Canada to research how biosurfactants can work with antibiotics to make infections easier to treat, and how they might be able to improve the lifespan of antibiotics.

Find out more about Microbiology Society grants: https://microbiologysociety.org/education-outreach/grants-prizes.html
Present your PhD research at the Fleming showcase: https://gate.sc/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmicrobiologysociety.org%2Fevent%2Fannual-conference%2Fannual-conference-2020.html%23tab-2&token=8eaa3f-1-1565346710498

July 26, 2019 05:00 AM PDT

This is the first episode of MicroNews, where we discuss the times microbiology, and microbiologists, have been on tv, in the papers and trending online.

This month, Laura and Matt talk about the HPV vaccine, fungal diseases and antimicrobial resistance. We also hear from Professor Sally Bloomfield who talks about the link between allergies and hygiene.

Links to the news stories discussed in the episode can be found at:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48881008
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7219621/A-new-swathe-vital-antifungal-drugs-stopped-working.html
https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/fungus-behind-deadly-bat-disease-found-in-northern-california-66111
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/ncsu-srt061319.php
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/antibiotic-resistance-superbug-bacteria-pharma-infection-a8996941.html
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/25/too-much-cleanliness-not-bad-for-health-report-on-hygiene-says

For information on the International Meeting on Arboviruses and their Vectors (IMAV19), go to microbiologysociety.org/IMAV19

July 12, 2019 05:00 AM PDT

Over the last decade or so, the area of microbiome research has exploded, and scientists are just starting to realise just how important the gut microbiome is for our health. However, despite the increased interest in gut microbiome research, the vast majority of studies concern bacteria, and microorganisms like yeasts are conspicuous by their absence in the literature.

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