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Bacteria Wars Episode 5. The Bubonic Strikes Back!

Just a mere 150 years ago, a small cut could easily seal your fate. Just a small cut, enough to form what was one of the greatest killers in human history. Infection! An infection can be a multitude of things, … Continue reading

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Antibiotics and Microbiomes

As I mentioned in my previous blog “Antibiotic resistance and what we can do about it”, antibiotic resistance is big problem we are currently facing. Every usage of antibiotics contributes to the resistance problem and therefore we need to reduce … Continue reading

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Antibiotic resistance and what we can do about it

Something that has really struck me this year is learning about antibiotic resistance. It is such a widespread issue that affects every single one of us. So, let’s start at the beginning… What are antibiotics?   Antibiotics are widely used … Continue reading

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The Pioneers of Phage Virology

One of the most surprising things for me in starting my ‘phage journey’ was just how long we have known about bacteriophages and their potential.  And yet we still have so much to learn!  It made me curious as to … Continue reading

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What do vampires and antibiotic resistant bacteria have in common?

Well that is a good question indeed! And the answer may lie within a simple onion and garlic remedy! We are all familiar with the classic tales that tell of vampires being fought off with garlic, but can the simple clove of garlic be … Continue reading

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Phage therapy: is it safe?

Zombies: are they more common than we thought? http://www.gadg.com/2010/11/12/zombie-virus-affects-china/ The topic of Phage Therapy introduced in this blog got me wondering: are we safe from bacteriophages? Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria. I will refer to them as ‘phage’ in … Continue reading

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Jumbo Phages?

Our Phages have been exhibiting some strange behaviour lately, from plaques only appearing around the edge of the plate to phage samples ceasing in producing plaques. I have successfully isolated a phage, but I have been struggling to get a … Continue reading

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Phage Hunt NZ Post: Fighting with phages

What on earth are phages? This recurring question, along with a confused expression, is the overwhelming response I get when I begin talking about my latest uni project. It seems that phages are not the most popular of conversation topics … Continue reading

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