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About Fems

FEMS is leading the way in promoting excellence and equality in science, and in channelling high quality knowledge to solving today’s societal problems around microbiology. It does this by funding research, publishing journals, organizing collaborative projects and partnering with other organizations.

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Postdoc position in environmental microbiology: Sweden

We are recruiting a talented post doc within a fully funded project on mercury cycling in oxygen deficient coastal[...]

PhD program Biomolecular Technology of Proteins (BioToP): Austria

International PhD Program  “Biomolecular Technology of Proteins (BioToP)” at the Vienna Institute of BioTechnology[...]

Postdoctoral Fellow - Bacterial Evolutionary Biology: UK

We are seeking a talented, motivated scientist with a strong interest in, and experience of, analyzing genomes and[...]

FEMS Summer School for Postdocs

The FEMS Summer School for Postdocs will run for 10 days from 28 August to 7 September 2019. Applications by[...]

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Strategies to combat antimicrobial resistance: anti-plasmid and plasmid curing

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global problem hindering treatment of bacterial infections, rendering many aspects of modern medicine less effective. AMR genes (ARGs) are frequently located on plasmids, which are self-replicating elements of DNA. They are often transmissible between bacteria, and some have spread globally. Novel strategies to combat AMR are needed, and plasmid curing and anti-plasmid approaches could reduce ARG prevalence, and sensitise bacteria to antibiotics. Currently, there is a general lack of in vivo curing options. This review highlights this important shortfall, which if filled could provide a promising mechanism to reduce ARG prevalence in humans and animals. Plasmid curing mechanisms which are not suitable for in vivo use could still prove important for reducing the global burden of AMR, as high levels of ARGs exist in the environment.

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It is a great pleasure to announce the 8th Congress of European Microbiologists – FEMS 2019

FEMS 2019 will bring together leading scientists spanning different fields of microbiology to celebrate the best of microbiology. This congress will showcase the most recent developments in microbiology to address some of the global challenges we face today, such as antimicrobial resistance, environmental pollution and the emergence of pathogenic disease.

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