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Polio Vaccine Pioneer Dies
Kerry Grens | May 2, 2017
Julius Youngner collaborated with Jonas Salk on the polio vaccine, and later identified interferon gamma and contributed to an equine influenza vaccine.
Pathway to Polio Virulence Revealed
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 23, 2017
Using epidemiological and laboratory data, scientists have mapped out a sequence of mutations through which the attenuated oral polio vaccine reverts to a virulent virus.
Toward a Virus-Free Polio Vaccine
Ashley P. Taylor | Jan 19, 2017
Researchers are developing polio vaccines based on the viral capsid alone. When produced in recombinant systems, these could eliminate the need to propagate live poliovirus for vaccine production.
Polio Reemerges in Nigeria
Jef Akst | Aug 15, 2016
Prior to last week’s announcement of newly confirmed cases, the country had been polio-free for two years.
Speaking of Microbiology
Tanya Lewis and Tracy Vence | Jun 21, 2016
A selection of notable quotes from the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting
Updating the Polio Vaccine
Jef Akst | Jan 4, 2016
Researchers develop new attenuated viruses that could support the eradication effort.
Toward Eliminating Poliovirus—In the Lab
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Nov 16, 2015
As the world inches closer to polio eradication, laboratories studying the virus will have to bolster biosafety standards. Eventually, most will need to stop working with the pathogen entirely.
Polio No Longer Endemic in Nigeria
Tracy Vence | Sep 29, 2015
It’s been more than a year since the country has reported a case of wild poliovirus, according to the World Health Organization.
Driven to Extinction
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2015
The eradication of smallpox set the standard for the global elimination of a devastating infectious disease. Will the ongoing polio and guinea worm campaigns be as successful?
The Year in Pathogens
Molly Sharlach | Dec 29, 2014
Ebola, MERS, and enterovirus D68; polio eradication efforts; new regulations on potentially dangerous research