University of Dundee

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“All the World’s a Phage” – Exploring phage-host interactions

Bacteriophages (phages) outnumber bacteria by ten to one, with an estimated 1030 phages causing infections at a rate of 1025 a second. This huge selection pressure drives diversity of the global microbiome, and phage-mediated horizontal gene transfer disseminates traits such as antimicrobial resistance between hosts. This pressure has also led to the development of bacterial systems that protect from phage predation.

From sleeping cell to assassin – how immune cells work

Scientists at the University of Dundee have carried out one of the most comprehensive studies into how immune cells sense and respond to their environment to fight infection and destroy tumours. The research team, who have published their findings in the journal Nature Immunology, said the results provide important insights into how immune responses might be manipulated for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancer.

Dundee Biological Sciences courses ranked 3rd in UK

Biological Sciences courses at the University of Dundee have been ranked 3rd in the UK and 1st in Scotland by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

The rankings are calculated from a number of categories including teaching quality, student experience, research quality and graduate prospects. Other subjects connected with the School have also been ranked in the top 5 in the UK. Anatomy and Physiology ranked 4th with Pharmacology and Pharmacy ranked 3rd.