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Ebola Update

By | December 17, 2014

Plasma-based therapy trials begin in West Africa; NIH-GSK vaccine shows promise in Phase 1; the real statistics

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Iron-Ferrying Protein Impedes Pathogens

By | December 15, 2014

Meningitis-causing bacteria exerted strong evolutionary pressure on an iron-binding protein in primates, a study shows.

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Ebola Update

By | December 11, 2014

NIH admits new patient; joint pains stall clinical trial; U.S. grants immunity to vaccine developers; more

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Evolution in Oil Droplets

By | December 9, 2014

For the first time, researchers have mimicked biological evolution using chemicals instead of living organisms.

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Mutated Flu May Dodge Vaccine Protection

By | December 8, 2014

About half of the H3N2 influenza samples tested in the United States encode altered antigens from the strain used to produce this year’s vaccine.

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Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life

By | December 1, 2014

By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

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Ebola Update

By | November 26, 2014

Infection rates in Liberia decline; aid organizations struggle to procure gear; Merck enters the vaccine race; more

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Lyme Disease Discoverer Dies

By | November 24, 2014

Willy Burgdorfer, the medical entomologist who first found the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, has passed away at age 89.

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Barley Key to Mankind’s Alpine Incursion

By | November 24, 2014

The cold-tolerant cereal crop allowed humans to live and farm higher than ever starting more than 3,000 years ago.

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Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars

By | November 19, 2014

Researchers discover a densovirus that is strongly associated with sea star wasting disease.

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