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A Visit by group of dentists and aligned professionals to JIC – 21st January 2014

A Visit by group of dentists and aligned professionals to JIC – 21st January 2014

by Steve Rawsthorne While inspiring young minds at a Year 9 Careers event at Sprowston High School in October 2013 it turned out that I also inspired a female dentist, Hoda, who was there to inspire the pupils!  Following a brief conversation we agreed that as she worked amongst a group of like-minded dental professionals, [...]

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Ants and antibiotics

Ants and antibiotics

Norwich scientists are investigating sources of antibiotics which may sound surprising – including ants, stick insects, soil and potatoes. These and other aspects of antibiotic research carried out at the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia will feature in the first episode of the BBC’s latest current affairs series Inside Out. Many [...]

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New way to improve antibiotic production

An antibiotic has been found to stimulate its own production. The findings, to be published in PNAS, could make it easier to scale up antibiotic production for commercialisation.   Scientists Dr Emma Sherwood and Professor Mervyn Bibb from the John Innes Centre were able to use their discovery of how the antibiotic is naturally produced [...]

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Q&A with Professor Mervyn Bibb

Q&A with Professor Mervyn Bibb

  The enthusiasm of a school biology teacher helped fuel Professor Mervyn Bibb’s own curiosity. Today, as antibiotic resistance nears a crisis point, his work to understand how soil bacteria produce antibiotics is more vital than ever. What sparked your interest in science? I have always been interested in the “natural world”, but it was [...]

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Royal Society elects two new Fellows from the John Innes Centre

Royal Society elects two new Fellows from the John Innes Centre

Two scientists from the John Innes Centre have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, the premier scientific accolade in the UK. Their breakthroughs in fundamental research have pioneered advances in antibiotic discovery and in crop improvement from which we all benefit. Professor Mike Bevan pioneered methods for expressing foreign genes in plants that [...]

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Study looks to separate side effects from antibiotic activity

A new project is investigating whether altering the production of an antibiotic will remove side effects preventing it being used clinically to battle drug-resistant superbugs. Tunicamycin is an antibiotic produced by the soil bacterium Streptomyces that was discovered 40 years ago. It works by blocking cell wall production in bacteria in a clinically novel way, [...]

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Biochemical Society award for JIC Microbiologist

Biochemical Society award for JIC Microbiologist

Professor Mervyn Bibb of the John Innes Centre has been awarded the Heatley Medal and Prize by the Biochemical Society. Professor Dale Sanders FRS, Director of the John Innes Centre, said: “The JIC is proud to congratulate Merv Bibb on his award of the Heatley Medal.  This prestigious award was last won by Nobel Laureate [...]

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Novel method for increasing antibiotic yields

Novel method for increasing antibiotic yields

A novel way of increasing the amounts of antibiotics produced by bacteria has been discovered that could markedly improve the yields of these important compounds in commercial production. It could also be valuable in helping to discover new compounds. With the ever-growing threat from antibiotic resistance, these tools will be very useful in ensuring that [...]

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