Today August 2002
In this issue we celebrate the formation of a new SGM
special interest group which aims to support the study of eukaryotic
microbiology. It will provide a forum for the discussion of the molecular,
cellular and organismal biology of eukaryotic microbes such as
filamentous fungi, yeasts, slime moulds, protozoa and microalgae, as new
convener Clive Price
Compared with bacterial pathogens, only a few fungi cause life-threatening
infections in humans. As Al Brown
explains, these mycoses are becoming more prevalent, are harder to treat
and are often diagnosed too late. One of the reasons fungi can
exploit so many niches is they can metabolize a wide range of compounds.
explores how, given a choice,
they select what they eat.
The DNA in every living cell is constantly subjected to damaging events.
Fiona Benson and Tony Carr
how the integrity of genes is maintained.
The chloroplast is the site of photosynthesis in plant and algal cells. Saul Purton
explains how this important
organelle evolved from a photosynthetic bacterium. Remarkably, certain
parasitic protists also have plastids which indicate photosynthetic
ancestors. These may be a possible target for the drugs which are
desperately needed in the fight against protozoan diseases,
as Paul McKean
The social amoeba is a fascinating organism which uses the cAMP signalling
system to control the dissemination of its spores,
as Pauline Schaap
Equal opportunities are important for people who take a career break, or
who have disabilities. Education Officer Liz
lists some of the schemes now available and describes new
legislation that will affect all universities.
Hot off the Press
[Acrobat PDF] highlights some new developments in
microbiological research published in the Society's journals -
Microbiology, Journal of
General Virology and International Journal of Systematic and
Topics covered include:
- Wanted - dead or alive!
- Spoiling the picnic
- A tasty bit of hot property
- DNA recombination and diversity in phytoplasmas
- FMD revisited 1 - pinpointing the genes responsible for
infectiousness and virulence
- FMD revisited 2 - limiting the spread
- Capsules and carriers - the puzzle of meningitis
Other items include:
Last updated 29 May 2003