Covid-19: a vial of the Oxford vaccine. Photograph: John Cairns/Oxford/AFP via Getty

Another week, another vaccine. After so much hoping against hope for a vaccine against Sars-CoV-2, three come along almost simultaneously. It has cert(...)

In his 2016 autobiography there’s a typical line from Jack Charlton. He saw someone drinking Coke and said: “What are you drinking that s*** for? Guin(...)

Sir Alexander Fleming,  discoverer of penicillin, studying  mould cultures at  his laboratory  in London. Photograph:   Peter Purdy/BIPs/Getty Images

Serendipity is unplanned fortunate discovery and occurs commonly in scientific discovery and product invention. It has played a prominent part in the (...)

The British microbiologist Alexander Fleming, who received the Nobel Prize in 1945 for his  discovery of penicillin in 1928. Photograph: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

The discovery of penicillin instigated one of history’s greatest medical advances, and our archives reveal that Irish scientists, seaweed harvesters, (...)

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(...)

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