FEMS Affiliates Letter August 2017 (special issue) - Page 8

Deadlines EVENTS Extras Microbes can tell us a lot about the past. A UK-based bio-artist has a new art installation showcasing the bacteria found within the pages of a rare 300 year old book of poetry. The microbial population from these pages were cultivated using the artist’s own blood and give a sneak peek of the prevalent microbes 300 years ago. Source: The Guardian Staphylococcus aureus has a bad reputation in hospitals. However, scientists have discovered the key component of the machinery that the multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) uses to acquire and spread antibiotic-resistance genes. This exciting new research has positive repercussions for addressing the issue of MRSA in hospitals. Source: Science Daily The official medical advice to finish a course of antibiotics has been challenged by new research that suggests that continuing to take antibiotics if you feel better could in fact be worsening antimicrobial resistance. Source: BMJ Delftechpark 37A, 2628 XJ Delft, The Netherlands 8 T: +31 15 302 0050 | E: [email protected] Taking poetry to the next microscopic level