Microbiology Today May 2003


In this issue we consider some interactions between micro-organisms and sex.

In humans the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is rising rapidly, bringing misery and many social problems in its wake. Epidemiologist Kevin Fenton gives an overview of recent UK trends, whilst Cathy Ison and Iona Martin focus on bacterial STIs. Philip Mortimer and Barry Evans discuss the serious implications of the changing face of HIV infection.

Chlamydia can affect fertility in men as well as women, as Adrian Eley describes, and Heather Cubie explores the link between human papilloma virus and cervical cancer.

Not all sexual activity is restricted to people. Bacteria can also be said to have a sex life and Chris Thomas explains the benefits of the different ways that bacteria exchange genetic material. Alternatively, microbes can affect the sex of invertebrates as Mike Majerus describes.

In Comment, virologist Wendy Barclay ponders on the possibility of a new pandemic of influenza, in the light of recent scares about avian 'flu that have hit the headlines.

Hot off the Press highlights some new developments in microbiological research published in the Society's journals - Microbiology, Journal of General Virology, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology and Journal of Medical Microbiology. Topics covered include:

  • Witches' brooms
  • Sensitive test for hepatitis B
  • H. pylori defence systems
  • Development of antifungals against the black yeast

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Last updated 18 June 2003