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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.

New BARDA Initiative to Develop Universal Flu Vaccine

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) is launching a new initiative supporting the advanced development of influenza vaccine candidates with the goal to provide enhanced, long-lasting protection from a broad range of influenza viruses within and across subtypes.