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17 April 2014
Each year in the UK, bacterial infections cause around 6,000 cases of a severe eye condition known as microbial keratitis – an inflammation and ulceration of the cornea that can lead to loss of vision. The use of contact lenses has been identified as a particular risk factor for microbial keratitis. New research, presented today at the Society for General Microbiology Annual Conference in Liverpool, shows that a bacterial strain associated with more severe infections shows enhanced resistance to a common contact lens disinfectant solution.
16 April 2014
Today at the Society for General Microbiology Annual Conference, Professor Nikolay Zenkin will be awarded the 2014 Fleming Prize. Nikolay, Professor of Molecular Biology at Newcastle University, researches RNA polymerase and its work in gene expression. His prize lecture, Multiple personalities of RNA polymerase active centre, will be held at 12.10 in Hall 1A.
16 April 2014
Food poisoning outbreaks linked to disease-causing strains of the bacterium Escherichia coli are normally associated with tainted meat products. However, between 20-30% of these are caused by people eating contaminated vegetables, as was seen in the 2011 outbreak in Europe that caused 53 deaths. Research presented today at the Society for General Microbiology’s Annual Conference shows that the disease-causing E. coli O157:H7 interacts directly with plant cells, allowing it to anchor to the surface of a plant, where it can multiply.
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