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Bioart and Bacteria Exhibition in Oxford

A solo exhibition by MMM Artist in Residence, Anna Dumitriu, will open on Thursday 28th September at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, and will run until 18th March 2018.

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BashTheBug.net wins NIHR award

Earlier this week the NIHR announced that BashTheBug had won the Online Community award of its Let’s Get Digital competition.

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Analysing the DNA of bacteria in joint fluid

MMM researchers have been studying the DNA of bacteria in joint fluid. They showed that DNA sequencing correctly finds the presence of an infection nine times out of ten and identifies what species of bacteria was causing the infection (which helps doctors to choose the best antibiotic treatment).

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About Modernising Medical Microbiology

Modernising Medical Microbiology is a research group aiming to transform how we analyse and treat infections, to improve patient care.

We aim to:

1) Modernise the way we analyse infections, bringing cutting-edge scientific techniques to clinical care.

2) Transform they way we study the treatment of patients with infections, using large databases of hospital electronic information, to identify trends in how infections are behaving, and ways patient care can be improved.

3) Use techniques such as DNA analysis of bacteria and viruses to better understand how infections spread, how to treat them, and how to prevent them in the future.

4) Study how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, and more difficult to treat, and how to prevent this.

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Modernising Medical Microbiology studies a number of infections, in particular Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB),  and the Enterobacteriaceae family (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species and others).  You can learn more about these bacteria here