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(DiscoverMagazine) In 2009, two teenagers in the Democratic Republic of Congo showed up at their village health clinic, vomiting and with blood in their noses and mouths — hemorrhagic symptoms of the notorious Ebola viruses. In three days they were dead. Yet it took three years for researchers to unmask the likely culprit: a brand-new Read More »
- November 19, 2013
(MedicalDaily) Next month, the Pentagon will host a seminar for researchers interested in developing a vaccine for the virus that causes Q fever, an animal-borne illness “weaponized” first by the U.S. and then the Soviet Union decades ago.
- November 18, 2013
(EurekaAlert) An EPFL team discovers that, using exosomes, the lethal factor of the anthrax bacterium can travel undetected through the body for days. The bacterium responsible for anthrax develops a strategy reminiscent of the Trojan horse tale. Its pathogenic factor is able to penetrate inside a cell in such a way that it becomes completely Read More »
- November 15, 2013
(GlobalBiodefense) An experimental vaccine to protect against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of illness and hospitalization among very young children, elicited high levels of RSV-specific antibodies when tested in animals, according to a recent report in the published in the journal Science. Early-stage human clinical trials of the candidate vaccine are planned.
- November 11, 2013