What's Up Science

What’s Up Science? #2

Welcome back and hello if you’re a first time reader of my blog. Second edition on What’s Up Science here where I let you know what I’ve found interesting in the media at the minute.

So, without further ado…

1. “Therapy could stop superbugs on farms”BBC News

With the current rise of antibiotic resistance the focus of many horrifying news stories (and rightly so to some extent), I enjoy seeing a promising story like this one in the media. It’s no secret that we’re running out of working antibiotics at a rapid rate with multi-drug resistant bacteria becoming more and more common. One hope in the race to find alternative therapies is the use of bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria). A team of researchers at Leicester University have developed a process of using these phages to kill common infections in pigs. The hope is to prevent the use of antibiotics to treat these infections where resistance is likely to develop. So far, the therapy has been successful in the lab and the team hope to start a trial in pigs later this year. If successful it’ll be a huge step forward, with the hope of someday being used in humans.

2. “Fossil mushroom discovered from the era of the dinosaurs” The Guardian

This is an uplifting little story about a mushroom which defied convention to become a fossil. Mushrooms in general are short-lived so to find one in this manner is very rare and it’s thought to be around 115million years old! – only 9 have previously been noted. It has been named Gondwanagaricites magnificus, meaning ‘magnificent fossil mushroom from Gondwana’ (Gondwana being a supercontinent before the separation into the continents we know today) and I just think that’s a lovely summary, don’t you?

Sorry it’s a little brief but I haven’t had a great deal of time to keep up to date with the media recently – a lot of deadlines so my head has been a little scrambled!

Let me know what’s caught your eye in the media recently.

Until next time,

There’s Something About Science


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