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

Influenza virus

Cartographers of the infectious world

25 Oct 2011

Cambridge scientists, and their map-making skills, are contributing to an annual worldwide public health endeavour – the race to select a vaccine...

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Scientists find mechanism that leads to drug resistance in bacteria causing melioidosis

10 Oct 2011

Researchers have identified a novel mechanism whereby the organism Burkholderia pseudomallei that causes melioidosis, a neglected tropical infectious...

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Genetically modified chicken

Field to fork: safeguarding livestock health

21 Jul 2011

Veterinary research in Cambridge is spearheading a new generation of preventive methods to protect livestock from disease.

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New strain of MRSA discovered

03 Jun 2011

Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in both humans and dairy cows.

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Mobile phone

FluPhone: disease tracking by app

21 Apr 2011

A mobile phone app developed by Cambridge researchers that tracks how people behave during an epidemic could be used to limit disease spread.

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Wheat stem rust

Defending crops with maths

18 Mar 2011

A mathematical toolkit could dramatically reduce crop losses from pests and pathogens, helping to safeguard future food security.

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Middle aged diabetics can die six years earlier

14 Mar 2011

Having diabetes in mid-life may reduce a person’s life expectancy by an average of six years, according to a large, multinational study coordinated...

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Diabetes drug improves survival from life-threatening infectious disease

14 Mar 2011

Scientists have identified a diabetes drug which halves the mortality rate of a deadly infectious disease found throughout Southeast Asia and...

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Wild Chicken of Fair Oaks Village

GM chickens that don’t transmit bird flu developed

14 Jan 2011

Breakthrough could prevent future bird flu epidemics.

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Stopping superbugs in their tracks

01 Nov 2010

Work in resource-restricted healthcare settings in south-east Asia is defining the transmission of hospital ‘superbugs’ using low-tech diagnostics...

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JustMilk device

Preventing HIV transmission during breastfeeding

20 Oct 2010

In order to reduce the transmission of HIV from mother to baby during breastfeeding, scientists are developing a low-cost, modified nipple shield...

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U.S. Army medical researchers take part in World Malaria Day 2010, Kisumu, Kenya, April 25, 2010

Researcher gets green light for new Hep B test

21 May 2010

A ‘dipstick’ test that detects Hepatitis B within 30 minutes – and could be used in some of the world’s poorest countries – has been given the green...

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