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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.
The School of Life Sciences has been recognised for its commitment to Athena SWAN in the achievement of a Silver Award in 2018.
"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
Researchers are using cutting-edge technologies to understand how plants adapt to survive stresses such as drought and nutrient deficiencies.
More than 80% of research in the School of Life Sciences was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in REF2014