Combating infectious diseases and the threat of antimicrobial resistance remains one of the greatest global challenges.

Surgeons at work in an operating theatre

Scientists launch a pre-emptive strike on deadly post-transplant infection

23 Feb 2021

A potential new treatment to protect immunosuppressed patients from human cytomegalovirus ( HCMV ) has been discovered by scientists at the...

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Professor Sharon Peacock

Q&A with Sharon Peacock, coronavirus variant hunter

22 Feb 2021

The UK is a world leader in sequencing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Of all the coronavirus genomes that have been sequenced in the...

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3D print of Spike protein

Study highlights risk of new SARS-CoV-2 mutations emerging during chronic infection

05 Feb 2021

SARS-CoV-2 mutations similar to those in the B1.1.7 UK variant could arise in cases of chronic infection, where treatment over an extended period can...

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Forest landscape in Yunnan Province, People's Republic of China

Climate change may have driven the emergence of SARS-CoV-2

05 Feb 2021

Global greenhouse gas emissions over the last century have made southern China a hotspot for bat-borne coronaviruses, by driving growth of forest...

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When Symptoms Don't Stop

22 Jan 2021

Treating those most severely affected by COVID-19 has necessarily taken priority during the pandemic. But could long COVID be the next wave of the...

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People sitting inside a restaurant wearing face masks

Free online tool calculates risk of COVID-19 transmission in poorly-ventilated spaces

20 Jan 2021

The vital role of ventilation in the spread of COVID-19 has been quantified by researchers, who have found that in poorly-ventilated spaces, the...

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Horseshoe bats

Study identifies genetic changes likely to have enabled SARS-CoV-2 to jump from bats to humans

08 Jan 2021

A new study, involving the University of Cambridge and led by the Pirbright Institute, has identified key genetic changes in SARS-CoV-2 - the virus...

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Ben Underwood with the COVID-19 vaccine research team

Tackling COVID-19: Dr Ben Underwood

04 Jan 2021

Ben Underwood’s expertise in delivering clinical trials became highly prized last year, as he worked on a vaccine trial the whole world was watching.

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Medical personnel putting on PPE

Aroma diffuser and plastic bag offer inexpensive method to test fit of face masks at home

16 Dec 2020

Researchers have developed a way to use a simple home aroma diffuser to test whether N95 and other types of sealing masks, such as KN95 and FFP2...

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Creative rendition of SARS-COV-2 virus particles

Remdesivir likely to be highly effective antiviral against SARS-CoV-2 for some patients

14 Dec 2020

The drug remdesivir is likely to be a highly effective antiviral against SARS-CoV-2, according to a new study by a team of UK scientists. Writing in...

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Reflections on a year of fighting COVID-19

11 Dec 2020

2020 will be forever remembered for COVID-19. As the year draws to a close, Dr Estée Török looks back at how colleagues across the NHS and the...

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Scientists identify warning signs over effectiveness of HIV ‘wonder drug’ in sub-Saharan Africa

01 Dec 2020

Dolutegravir, the current first-line treatment for HIV, may not be as effective as hoped in sub-Saharan Africa, suggests new research published on...

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