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Bacteria such as E. coli detected in minutes by new technology

  • Dr Munehiro Asally, Dr James Stratford and colleagues, showed that bioelectrical signals from bacteria can be used to rapidly determine if they are alive or dead.
  • The findings offer a new technology which detects live bacteria in minutes instead of waiting for lab-test results which can take days.
  • When 'zapped' with an electrical field, live bacteria absorb dye molecules, causing the cells to light up and allowing them to be counted easily.
  • This rapid technique can detect antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Press Release

The School of Life Sciences has been recognised for its commitment to Athena SWAN in the achievement of a Silver Award in 2018.

as_rgb_silver_award_copy.jpg"Athena SWAN is a central component of our culture and working practice and we continue to champion the development of a science department that provides collegiality and transparency to ensure equal opportunities for all"
Head of School, Professor Lorenzo Frigerio

SLS Athena SWAN webpage

British Science Festival

The British Science Festival in 2019 will take place from Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 September. Working in partnership with the University of Warwick, the British Science Association will bring the four-day event to the region for the first time in its 188 year history.

Family Fun Day

Warwick is holding a day of family-friendly activities on the 14 September to tie in with the British Science Festival. SLS is well represented, so bring along your children and your science enthusiasm for a fabulous day out.

Impact

Research on pests and diseases that affect important food crops is influencing pest management practices used by farmers and helping the agritech industry to develop new disease-resistant varieties.

Field of oilseed rapeExploiting natural resistance to Turnip yellows virus in oil seed rape

More than 80% of research in the School of Life Sciences was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in REF2014

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