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  • Reports of diphtheria cases in asylum seekers in the UK remind us that understanding and mitigating the risks posed by infectious diseases to disadvantaged peoples remain important.

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  • We present a series of commissioned articles authored by people from groups that are under-represented in research, to highlight past and present scientific contributions in microbiology and to increase the diversity of Nature Microbiology authors.

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  • Methods for monitoring wastewater for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and emerging variants have risen to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Routine monitoring of wastewater should be deployed around the world to mitigate the spread of pathogens, both old and new.

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  • Crewed missions to other planets are currently being planned, and fully automated, robotic missions are likely to return samples from other planets to Earth, so it will be important to carefully evaluate and minimize any associated microbiological risks.

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  • We present a specially commissioned set of articles to mark UN International Women’s Day that highlight gender inequalities that impact women in academia, clinical research and healthcare, and celebrate the achievements of female microbiologists.

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  • Scientific illustrations help to communicate complex information and data across disciplines. The work of science animators and illustrators is therefore a valuable part of effective science communication, in particular for microbiology, as the majority of organisms studied cannot be seen with the naked eye.

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  • As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress through 2021, microbiology remains in the public eye. Here, we reflect on the content that we published over the past year, from SARS-CoV-2 to all other areas of the field.

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  • Epidemiological surveillance highlights a role for flies, spiders and cockroaches in the antimicrobial-resistance pandemic.

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  • In the past five years Nature Microbiology has championed research and commentary across the breadth of the discipline. Going forwards, we will expand our scope to include the biology and applications of microorganisms that can help to address the pressing issues of global change and sustainable living.

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  • Microbiology has been front and centre during the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. We reflect on the content we published this year and look ahead to aligning output with the Sustainable Development Goals in 2021.

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  • Do you ‘beat’ or ‘treat’ a virus infection? Are you strong if you survive SARS-CoV-2 but weak if you don’t? Language matters if we are to galvanize people to follow public health guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • As the international community responds to an outbreak of coronavirus-induced pneumonia in Wuhan, China, early and open data sharing — which are vital for its control — depend on the trust that the data will not be used without proper attribution to those who generated it.

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  • Nature Microbiology will offer authors the option of publishing a peer-review file that includes anonymous peer-review reports, author responses and our decision letters. We will also request that articles include more source data and are more transparent in reporting data availability.

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  • It’s an exciting time to be a microbiologist and we have the honour and privilege of having front-row tickets to see the field develop and progress. As we take stock of the past year, we will count down the days until 2020 by celebrating the field and the season with a microbiology advent calendar.

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  • With drug resistance on the rise, improvements in clinical antibiotic susceptibility testing and investment in widespread implementation are needed to usher in a new generation of diagnostics that can inform on diverse types of drug resistance and quickly predict drug susceptibility with high accuracy.

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  • Attending conferences is an essential part of scientific careers; yet, travelling — particularly by air — can often be an individual’s single largest contribution to their carbon footprint. With increasing calls to substantially cut emissions by as early as 2020, compromises must be made to safeguard the health of our planet.

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  • Faecal microbiota transplantation can efficiently treat recurring Clostridioides difficile infection and is being investigated for other indications. However, strict quality control of the donor stool is necessary to avoid putting patients at unnecessary risk.

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