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GMO “Kill Switches”

By | January 21, 2015

Scientists design bacteria reliant upon synthetic amino acids to contain genetically modified organisms.

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Ebola Update

By | January 12, 2015

Researchers gear up for efficacy trials of experimental Ebola vaccines in Africa.

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New Antibiotic from Soil Bacteria

By | January 7, 2015

Researchers have isolated a new kind of antibiotic from a previously unknown and uncultured bacterial genus.  

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Guinea Pigs to Model Ebola Spread

By | January 5, 2015

A new guinea pig model of Ebola viral transmission shows that direct contact with infected animals is not necessary to catch the disease.

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Funding Research in Africa

By | January 1, 2015

The ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa is drawing more money to study the virus, but what about funding for African science in general?

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Picturing Infection

By | January 1, 2015

Whole-animal, light-based imaging of infected small mammals

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Bats the Source of Ebola?

By | December 30, 2014

The epidemic in West Africa may have been sparked by bats in Guinea, researchers propose, but concrete evidence of the route of zoonotic infection is lacking.

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CDC Tech Exposed to Ebola?

By | December 29, 2014

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab mistakenly transferred the wrong Ebola samples—ones that may have contained live virus—to another agency lab.

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The Year in Pathogens

By | December 29, 2014

Ebola, MERS, and enterovirus D68; polio eradication efforts; new regulations on potentially dangerous research

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Measuring DNA with a Smartphone

By | December 23, 2014

A new microscope attachment can allow smartphone users to take a closer look at fluorescently labeled DNA.

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