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Moratorium on Gain-of-Function Research

By | October 21, 2014

In the wake of a handful of biosafety lapses at federal research facilities, the US government is temporarily halting funding for new studies aiming to give novel functions to influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses.

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Virus Decimating Spanish Amphibians

By | October 20, 2014

Several toad, newt, and salamander populations are being hit hard by an emerging pathogen in a pristine national park in Spain.

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NYC’s Pathogen-Riddled Rats

By | October 15, 2014

Researchers find more than a dozen brand new viruses lurking in rodents inhabiting the Big Apple.

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Ebola-Infected Nurse Flew

By | October 15, 2014

The second healthcare worker to have contracted Ebola within the U.S. flew on a commercial airline after having cared for a Dallas patient who died from the virus.

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Genome Digest

By | October 13, 2014

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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360-Degree View of the Tomato

By | October 12, 2014

Researchers have sequenced 360 varieties of the tomato plant to create a comprehensive map of the evolution of the fruit from its wild form to the modern varieties. 

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Mom’s Mitochondria Affect Pup Longevity

By | October 9, 2014

Mitochondrial mutations inherited from the mother can shorten a mouse’s lifespan.

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Spain and U.S. Deal with Ebola

By | October 8, 2014

The first case of Ebola contracted outside of West Africa has the Spanish government scrambling to contain the deadly virus. In the U.S., the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the country has died.

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Nurse Infected with Ebola in Spain

By | October 6, 2014

The case marks the first person to contract the virus outside of West Africa.

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MERS-CoV Hits Austria

By | October 2, 2014

The WHO reports the first case of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Austria while more cases are confirmed in Saudi Arabia.

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