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We Now Know More About Sexually Transmitted Ebola

(TIME) In March 2015, officials discovered that a Liberian man who had survived Ebola had possibly passed the virus on to his female partner many months after it was thought to be safe for a survivor to engage in sexual activity. Genetic material of Ebola was identified in the man’s sperm 175 days after he  Read More »

Scientists find new variant of streptococcal bacteria causing severe infections

(Imperial College London) Scientists have discovered a new variant of streptococcal bacteria that has contributed to a rise in disease cases in the UK over the last 17 years. Group A streptococcus causes around 600 million infections per year worldwide. Severe infections can cause necrotising fasciitis, pneumonia, sepsis, or toxic shock, and around one in  Read More »

VUMC joins Human Vaccine Project as first scientific hub

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), the Human Vaccines Project and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) announced this week that VUMC has become the project’s first scientific hub. Incubated by IAVI, the Human Vaccines Project is a new public-private partnership that brings together leading academic research centers, industry, governments and nonprofits to accelerate the development  Read More »

Researcher who spiked rabbit blood to fake HIV vaccine results slapped with rare prison sentence

(Washington Post) Dong Pyou Han, a former Iowa State University researcher charged with falsifying HIV vaccine research, says that his troubles all started as an accident. Quickly, it became a multimillion-dollar research fraud scheme that landed him in prison. On Wednesday, Han, 57, became a rare academic to not just fall from grace but also  Read More »

New Antibody Weapons Against Marburg Virus

(Global Biodefense) A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute identifies new immune molecules that protect against deadly Marburg virus, a relative of Ebola virus…The new antibodies that identify and neutralize Marburg virus – which has a mortality rate of up to 90% – were developed through an academic-industrial partnership including TSRI, Integrated  Read More »