Articles

Introducing NGS to the clinical microbiology laboratory: an update

The article Introducing NGS to the clinical microbiology laboratory: an update was published in the August edition of Pathology in Practice by Dr Adela Medina and Dr Mark Wilks. The paper summarises the presentation Adela planned to give at the 2020 BSMT Annual Scientific Conference - it discusses the work using Oxford Nanopore sequencing directly on clinical specimens from patients to identify rapidly any bacteria, fungi or DNA viruses present.

It’s goodbye PHE and hello National Institute for Health Protection 

It’s goodbye PHE and hello National Institute for Health Protection by Dr Valerie Bevan was published in Pathology on Practice in October 2020. The article explores the history of Public Health England and discusses how the impact of the demise of PHE might affect its staff and governance.

The Laboratory Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Read The Laboratory Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic by Brian Duerden (who has chaired many BSMT scientific conferences) and colleagues - like many other microbiologists and the public health community, Brian and colleagues are very concerned about the COVID-19 microbiology testing debacle and the consequences of the demise of PHE.

Brian has also written an introduction to the article which can be read here.

Women advancing in science: an ongoing tale of inequalities 

Another article by Valerie Bevan Women advancing in science: an ongoing tale of inequalities was featured in the October 2019 edition of Pathology in Practice discussing why women continue to struggle to get to the top in science.