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New route to identify drugs that can fight bacterial infections

(AAAS EurekAlert) About 100 drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for other purposes can also prevent the growth of certain bacterial pathogens inside human cells, including those that cause Legionnaires’ disease, brucellosis, and Mediterranean spotted fever. The findings, published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for  Read More »

Paving the way for drug and vaccine development with first controlled malaria infection trial in Africa

(Medical News Today) The innovative PfSPZ Challenge is key to success for speedier testing of new malaria vaccine and drugs. An international research team reports the first-ever clinical trial demonstrating controlled malaria infection in an African nation in the modern era. The study, published online in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH)  Read More »

U.S. lawmakers expand probe of federal biolab mishaps

(Reuters) U.S. lawmakers on Monday said they were expanding their investigation of federal biosecurity lapses including problems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that led to the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu pathogens. Republicans from the House Energy and Commerce Committee said they sent a letter on Monday to the CDC director,  Read More »

CDC Announces New External Biosafety Advisory Committee

(Global Biodefense) The Centers for Disease Control this week announced the formation of an external laboratory safety workgroup of the Advisory Committee to the Director of CDC. This group will provide advice and guidance to the CDC Director and CDC’s new Director of Laboratory Safety. The initial emphasis of the workgroup focuses on reviewing and  Read More »

C.D.C. Says Tuberculosis Lab, Shut Amid Exposure Scare, Can Continue Its Work

(New York Times) Operations can resume at a government tuberculosis laboratory in Atlanta that was shut down this month as part of a moratorium on handling dangerous microbes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The moratorium, imposed by the agency after two accidents at other laboratories that could have exposed workers to  Read More »