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11 January 2021

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Discovery of a new trigger for antifungal defence

Scientists at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology made a discovery that could help in the fight against a fungus that kills around 200,000 people every year and causes lung and allergic diseases in millions of others.

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15 December 2020

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Enabling treatment for a neglected disease

Researchers at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology discover that faulty signalling in the immune system of healthy individuals leads to Chromoblastomycosis.

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8 December 2020

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Fertile land from fertile seas

Professor Mike Allen and the PhycoMExUK team are using innovative technologies and hydrothermal processes to turn seaweed biomass into sustainable fertilisers and biofuels.

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4 December 2020

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Shaping a global response to antimicrobial resistance

Research conducted by Dr Anne Leonard and Professor Will Gaze at the University of Exeter has shaped the global understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and has influenced government and WHO strategies in tackling one of the world’s biggest environmental threats.

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9 November 2020

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Evolution of antibiotic resistance in the environment

Research conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School, the University of Hong Kong, and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca revealed that low concentrations of antibiotics in the environment could be contributing to the evolution of antibiotic resistance.

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26 October 2020

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Consider the Microbiome

Behind the paper “Bacterial biodiversity drives the evolution of CRISPR-based phage resistance” – or, evolution is complicated.

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19 October 2020

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Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in our waters

From streams and lakes, to rivers and oceans, antibiotics are making their way into our waters in ever greater concentrations, increasing antibiotic resistance and risking a rise in deadly superbugs.

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9 October 2020

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COVID-19 and implications for antimicrobial resistance

Dr Aimee Murray, Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and GW4 Crucible 2020 Alumni explores how the COVID-19 crisis could impact AMR in clinical and community settings, and explains why GW4 is well placed to research and help combat these significant global challenges. (Repost from gw4.ac.uk)

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1 October 2020

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Do antibiotics drive environmental resistance?

Antimicrobial resistance is predicted to be the leading cause of death globally by 2050 resulting in 10 million deaths per year, many caused by antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. Implementing mitigation strategies to limit the spread of antibiotic resistance would help limit both morbidity and mortality in the future. (Republished from nature.com)

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