funding, infectious disease
How Bad Will the Flu Season Get? Forecasters Are Competing to Figure it Out
How Bad Will the Flu Season Get? Forecasters Are Competing to Figure it Out
Christina Reed | Nov 28, 2017
From analyses of surface protein evolution to tweets on social media, scientists are gathering all the data they can to accurately predict influenza dynamics.
Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria
Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria
Kerry Grens | Nov 27, 2017
Lab experiments and metagenomic analyses of flies’ resident bacteria indicate that the insects carry microbes from place to place on their legs.
Health Officials Agree Undetectable HIV Levels Likely Mean Uninfectious
Health Officials Agree Undetectable HIV Levels Likely Mean Uninfectious
Catherine Offord | Nov 26, 2017
Medical organizations endorse the “Undetectable = Untransmissible” campaign, which aims to raise awareness of scientific evidence showing that virally suppressed people living with HIV cannot infect others.
Prions Found in Skin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Patients
Prions Found in Skin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Patients
Jef Akst | Nov 24, 2017
Infectious protein aggregates from the skin of human patients can cause disease in mice.
Drug Development Could Suffer from Proposed NIH Budget Cuts
Drug Development Could Suffer from Proposed NIH Budget Cuts
Jef Akst | Nov 17, 2017
An analysis of President Trump’s proposed $7.2 billion slash to the National Institutes of Health budget points to dire consequences for the development of novel drugs.
<em>Wolbachia</em>-Laced Mosquitoes to Be Released for Population Control
Wolbachia-Laced Mosquitoes to Be Released for Population Control
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 7, 2017
The US government has approved the deployment of the lab-raised insects to eliminate the Zika- and dengue-transmitting Asian tiger mosquito.
Washington State University Researchers Complain of Industry Influence
Washington State University Researchers Complain of Industry Influence
Kerry Grens | Nov 6, 2017
Agriculture faculty members allege funding from industry organizations is tied to their employment status.
Republican Tax Plan Eliminates Popular Education Exemptions
Republican Tax Plan Eliminates Popular Education Exemptions
Shawna Williams | Nov 6, 2017
The proposal draws criticism from higher-education groups.
GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.
GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.
Abby Olena | Oct 13, 2017
The EPA is now in charge of regulating the use of Oxitec’s strain of Aedes aegypti, genetically engineered to reduce populations of the insects.
Plague Ravaging Madagascar
Plague Ravaging Madagascar
Kerry Grens | Oct 10, 2017
Nearly four dozen people have died.