Five answers to the question ‘why microbes?’

Last month, Amelia gave us five great reasons to love plants. But plants aren’t the only species worked on at the John Innes Centre that lack the respect they deserve.   As a microbiologist I thought it was only fair to come up with my own ‘five answers’ – and show that microorganisms aren’t just here to…Read more Five answers to the question ‘why microbes?’

Norwich leading the fight against antibiotic resistance

It’s mid-November, it's cold, it's dark and as I make my way to the Conference Centre I see a crowd of people gathered inside. They are here for the Friends of the John Innes Centre’s Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance event – an evening of talks by Norwich Research Park scientists. It’s busy, and some 250…Read more Norwich leading the fight against antibiotic resistance

Solving the problem of antibiotic resistance

If you’ve been paying attention to the news for the past week, you may have noticed more than a few mentions of antibiotic resistance. Firstly, solving the problem of antibiotic resistance won the Longitude Prize, confirming its importance in the eyes of the public. Then, a few days later, David Cameron has been all over…Read more Solving the problem of antibiotic resistance

Searching for a needle in a genetic haystack

In the last year, a brand new technique for genome editing has appeared with the potential to revolutionise the way in which scientists engineer genomes. It provides the ability to make cuts in the genome at precisely controlled locations, resulting in the silencing of that particular region. This technique is known as CRISPR. To make…Read more Searching for a needle in a genetic haystack

No microscope? A smart solution

I recently saw a bit of a buzz on twitter about being able to turn your smartphone into a microscope using just a drop of water on the camera. Since water refracts light differently to air, the drop of water magnifies the image that is travelling to the camera lens. Last week I accumulated some…Read more No microscope? A smart solution

Young Microbiologists Symposium 2013

On Monday 18th November my department at the John Innes Centre, Molecular Microbiology, hosted a day of talks from ten up-and-coming scientists in the field. The majority of these were in the middle of a post-doctoral grant, others starting their post-doctoral training while a few were coming to the end of their PhD projects. The…Read more Young Microbiologists Symposium 2013