Microbiology Today November 2007 - Cytokines

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of interferon. In this issue, we recall the early days and take a look at the role of interferon and chemokines in the fight against infectious disease today.

Interferon: the early days
Derek Burke recalls his time as a researcher during the 'steam age of virology'.

Viruses and interferon - 50 years on
Despite its early promise, interferon has not turned out to be the superhero's cure, as Richard Randall and Steve Goodburn illustrate.

Chemokines, receptors and virus infection
Edward Wright talks chemokines and explains how their receptors can affect susceptibility to infection.

Gamma interferon and fungal infections
In the first half of the 20th century, fungal infections were considered exotic diseases. Javier Capilla, Karl Clemons and David Stevens show how this has changed and where interferon fits in.

Gamma interferon - key, but not sufficient for protection against TB?
Hazel Dockrell describes the role of gamma interferon in the fight against TB and predicts a complex future.

Comment: Microbiology - a degree of concern?
There has been a decline in the number of 'named' microbiology degrees, but that doesn't mean microbiology is disappearing, according to Sue Assinder.

John Grainger and John Schollar recall their 6 year journey as SGM's practical microbiology superteam.

Jane Westwell explains how SGM vacation studentships can benefit both undergraduates and postgraduates, and Melissa Wragg and Kelly Davidge tell us why we should go back to school for a day.

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:

  • Rotavirus versus coronavirus in newborn calves
  • A sticky problem
  • No answer to blocked catheters
  • Classifying phytoplasmas

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Last updated 28 January 2008