Christmas party 2022

Great opportunity to say thanks to Evangelos, Billy and Ben. Three brilliant colleagues who accompany me on our new adventure and are making a splash with new friends! Thanks Chaps. Sam

Guardian article on disease spillovers

Following recent unprecedented outbreaks of the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus concerns have been raised to protect wildlife from livestock diseases. Sam spoke to the Guardian and was quoted as part of their article on disease spillovers between livestock and wildlife.

Dead birds being cleared from Staple Island, off Northumberland, where bird flu is devastating one of the UK’s most important seabird colonies, July 2022. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA
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Podcast: Why use genomics in an epidemic?

Sam Sheppard from the University of Bath presents at the ARTICnetwork & CLIMB-BIG-DATA workshop on COVID-19 data analysis, motivating why we should use genomics in an epidemic. He gives background on typing schemes, different ways of sequencing and challenges such as how you can analyse large mounts of genomic data.
Micro binfie podcast [link]

CLIMB-NG Workshop:…a-joint-workshop/

Agricultural intensification and the evolution of host specialism in the enteric pathogen Campylobacter jejuni

The group’s latest paper investigating the emergence of cattle specialist strains of Campylobacter jejuni associated with intensive animal agriculture was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [Abstract below]

Cattle in a US feedlot
Bath University press release: Intensive farming increases risk of epidemics
Sheffield University press release: Intensive farming increases risk of epidemics

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