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Microbe Talk: Microbiology on the move

 

Scientists are constantly pushing the frontiers of microbiology. These podcasts take an in-depth look at different microbiology topics, with scientists talking about their latest research.

    Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

    January 2011
    Viruses and cancer

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    Viruses are linked to about 15% of all cancers in the developed world and even more in the developing world. Professor David Blackbourn from the University of Birmingham tells us about the tricks these oncogenic viruses use to contribute to the development of certain cancers. He explains which groups of people may be more susceptible to developing virus-linked cancers and talks about the issues surrounding vaccine development for oncogenic viruses.

    For background information on viruses and cancer, see Cancer Research UK »

    Woman sneezing

    December 2010
    Swine flu: communicating with the public

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    The pandemic may be over but swine flu hasn't gone away. Professor Wendy Barclay from Imperial College London explains where last year’s H1N1 swine flu pandemic came from and the lessons we learnt from it. She gives her views on the response to the government's public communications campaign during the pandemic and the current state of influenza awareness in the UK.

    Yoghurt

    November 2010
    Functional foods: regulating a £200 million industry

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    Professor Bob Rastall from the University of Reading talks about pro- and prebiotics: what they are, what they do and why they're so popular. Find out how these products are regulated and the threats that legislation may pose to the functional food industry that is currently worth £200 million a year in the UK.

    Read the article in Microbiology Today »

    Teeth

    September 2010
    'Jailbreak' bacteria can trigger heart disease

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    Here we talk to Professor Howard Jenkinson from the University of Bristol and Dr Steve Kerrigan from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland about their research on oral streptococci that can ‘jailbreak’ into the circulation and increase the risk of heart disease.

    The team has discovered that once let loose in the bloodstream, Streptococcus bacteria can use a protein on their surface, called PadA, as a weapon to force platelets in the blood to bind together and form clots.

    Professor Howard Jenkinson presented this work at the SGM Autumn Meeting 2010 at the University of Nottingham.

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