Author Archives: P. Ian Szwajca

Staphylococcus aureus

 Staphylococcus aureus (or Staph. aureus) is a bacterium that lives harmlessly on the skin. However, Staph. aureus can also cause infections, particularly in hospitalised patients. Hospital staff work hard to prevent patients from developing Staph aureus infections. They do this … Continue reading

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Direct sputum sequencing

Genetic sequencing offers same-day TB testing Researchers have for the first time shown that standard tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic tests can be replaced by a sub-24 hour genetic test applied to the TB bacteria in a patient’s sputum. Read more…  

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MMM Conference 14th March 2017

This year’s Modernising Medical Microbiology 2017 Conference, showcasing the 8th year of work arising from the consortium, will take place on Tuesday 14th March at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. More information can be found in the brochure. Registration for conference … Continue reading

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MMM’s work helps elucidate that antibiotics played the main role in driving mid-2000s C. difficile epidemics

  MMM researchers at Oxford and Leeds, and PHE, have published a major piece of research proving that overuse of antibiotics was the main driver of the C. difficile (C. diff) epidemic that took place in the UK by mid-2000s. … Continue reading

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Whole-genome sequencing to combat spread of Gonorrhoea

Doctors and scientists from MMM, Public Health England and The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton published their whole-genome sequencing based tool to track the spread of Neisseria gonorrhoea infections in The Lancet Infectious Diseases today. Using samples collected in Britain and the USA they found genetic evidence from the infections … Continue reading

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