Some bacteria have become totally resistant to all  our antimicrobials. And now we have to begin responding to potentially dangerous organism arising in nature

The storyline sounds like the script for a B-movie thriller. Apparently harmless bacteria are released into our sewerage system and into rivers and st(...)

People with suspected but unverified penicillin allergy are likely to be treated with alternative antibacterials that are more likely to contribute to microbial resistance.

“New medicines and new methods of cure always work miracles for a while.” – William Heberden – an 18th century British physician. Are you allergic to(...)

Irish physicist John Tyndall (1820 - 1893), a superintendent of the Royal Institution renowned for his study of colloids. Photograph: London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images

A new weekly series for Irish Times Abroad profiles an Exraordinary Emigrant from Irish history, based on entries from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dicti(...)

Prof William Campbell at Trinity College Dublin this week, pictured with his original dissection kit from his time as an undergraduate student at the university. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Turning children on to science early is William C Campbell’s formula for a wondrous life. Arming them with an understanding of logic also comes in use(...)

 Inside Howth Martello tower – home of Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio

If you want to try a slightly different tourist attraction on your holidays, why not explore one of the following museums dedicated to the history of (...)

A MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) bacteria strain  in a petri dish containing a special jelly for bacterial culture in a Berlin microbiological laboratory in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters

All 193 United Nations member states are set to sign a declaration agreeing to combat “the biggest threat to modern medicine” in Wednesday’s high-leve(...)

Cheryl Fernandez Versini: her eyes regularly well up while judging ‘The X Factor’.

It seems to be a contractual obligation for participants in reality TV shows to, following the dropping of a hat, weep until instructed to stop. The (...)

The decision by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) to carry out a national quality assurance review of antimicrobial stewardsh(...)

MRSA  bacteria in a petri dish. The WHO has warned that a post-antibiotic era could arrive this century unless something drastic is done. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters.

Drug-resistant superbugs could kill an extra 10 million people a year and cost up to $100 trillion (€83tn) by 2050 if their rampant global spread is n(...)

What if Alexander Fleming’s funding been restricted to a ‘time-locked deliverable’?

The philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) found himself at the centre of an unlikely political ruckus in Australia this time last y(...)

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