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Rare Disease to Inform Ebola Susceptibility?

By | November 4, 2014

Parents of children with the fatal genetic disease Niemann-Pick Type C are taking an active role in research to understand how mutations associated with the disease may protect against Ebola.


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Seal Stowaways

By | November 1, 2014

Pathogen traces recovered from Peruvian mummies suggest tuberculosis-causing bacteria rode from Africa to South America in pinnipeds.


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Travelers to West Africa Banned from Conference

By | October 31, 2014

Louisiana state health officials ask anyone who has visited Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea in the past 21 days to skip next week’s meeting on tropical diseases in New Orleans.


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Patient Zero Identified?

By | October 30, 2014

Researchers pinpoint the source of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa to 2-year-old boy who died in southern Guinea.


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Ebola Update

By | October 27, 2014

As the number of people infected with the deadly virus in West Africa surpasses 10,000, some countries seek to protect themselves against imported infections, while researchers race to bring vaccines to the hardest-hit nations.


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Chikungunya Transmission in France

By | October 24, 2014

The World Health Organization reports four locally acquired cases of the virus in the country.

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Ebola Update

By | October 23, 2014

Vaccine testing could start soon; Spanish nurse declared free of virus; travelers from West Africa restricted to five US airports


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WHO: TB’s Toll Worse Than Thought

By | October 22, 2014

A new report from the World Health Organization finds that tuberculosis has infected hundreds of thousands more people around the world than was estimated a year ago.

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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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Ebola Scare in DC

By | October 17, 2014

The Scientist senior editor, Jef Akst, is communicating via cell phone with her parents, who were on the bus briefly occupied by an ill woman who was later escorted by hazmat teams to the hospital.

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