A microbiologist has won critical acclaim - and prestigious sponsorship - for his on-line podcast. Dr Alan Cann, of the University of Leicester, created a website to cover breaking news in the field in a form which could be easily understood. Latest figures show the podcast has been downloaded by more than 3,000 people a month and the number is growing. It has been praised in Science magazine's NetWatch. The site, called MicrobiologyBytes, has now received a grant from the Society for General Microbiology for the public understanding of science. Dr Cann said: "The aim of MicrogiologyBytes is to bring people the latest news from the forefront of biomedical research in a form that everyone can understand. Obviously, I hope that this will also attract more students to the University of Leicester, but I don't expect that someone who listens to my podcasts in, say, Mexico, will turn up on the doorstop wanting to study for a degree. "It's all about the conversation we should have with the public."