From the monthly archives: October 2011

In the first of an ongoing series, Last week in Links will bring together links to research and other content that are interesting from the perspective of microbes and us. It might simply be content that I have not had a chance to cover in more detail. It might also be content that [...]

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Trials worth watching

On October 31, 2011 By

Clinical studies represent the pinnacle of scientific endeavour in terms of proving whether a treatment has the effect we are all expecting. There are some very large studies that are ongoing and worth keeping a check on. The results could prove decisive for the future of any products or drugs that might make [...]

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The Conference List

On October 27, 2011 By

Scientific conferences are a great opportunity to find out about the very latest discoveries in microbiology. Although announcements at these conferences might be accompanied by the publication of peer-reviewed papers, they are not always. This can make for some interesting debate and interpretation.

I will publish a growing list of conferences that have potential [...]

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Probiotic yoghurts are popular mainly because they come labelled with claims that they are good for you. Whether this is true or not is the focus of a considerable number of studies that are ongoing at the moment. A small study, published yesterday, suggests that the impact of these yoghurt cultures on the [...]

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Drugs sometimes work and sometimes don’t, despite having clinical evidence for their effectiveness and regulatory approval to be sold. Why? Some new research suggests that gut microbes might be in the frame. We check out the research and ask what now? 

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Another blog about microbes?

On October 16, 2011 By

Yes, fair play, there are quite a few blogs, websites, twitter feeds and plenty of news coverage out there about microbiology and how microbes might affect us. So, why do we need another blog?

Ever since my early days of training as a microbiologist, I have been acutely aware that if I couldn’t explain what [...]

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