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Effect of Experimental Ebola Vaccine after High-Risk Exposure

A study appearing this week in JAMA analyzes the case of a 44-year-old U.S. physician who received an experimental Ebola vaccine after experiencing a needle stick while working in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone.

Ebola 2014: Pandemic Preparedness Lessons Learned

In late July and early August many Americans were first learning about the Ebola threat to our nation and families—and we had a lot to learn. For those of us who had read Richard Preston’s Hot Zone (Anchor, 1995), the word Ebola produced frightening images of a deadly and contagious disease  Read More »

MIT Develops Rapid Paper Strip Ebola Diagnostic

When diagnosing a case of Ebola, time is of the essence. However, existing diagnostic tests take at least a day or two to yield results, preventing health care workers from quickly determining whether a patient needs immediate treatment and isolation. A new test from MIT researchers could change that: The device,  Read More »

UNMC receives $1.9 million grant to develop therapy to protect against nerve agents

University of Nebraska Medical Center researchers have received a $1.9 million grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense’s to develop a new therapy to protect military members from nerve agent exposure.

Genetic safety switches could help curb potential bioterror risks

The potential threat of bioterrorism using man-made biological organisms could be reduced, thanks to a new method developed by scientists.