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  • NIH Begins Study of Vaccine to Protect Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched a Phase 1 clinical trial to test an investigational vaccine intended to provide broad protection against a range of mosquito-transmitted ...More
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  • Rice University Study Probes Microbe, Virus Co-Evolution
    A Rice University study suggests that researchers planning to use the CRISPR genome-editing system to produce designer gut bacteria may need to account for the dynamic evolution of the microbial immune system. CRISPR is an acquired immune system that allows bacteria and ...More
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  • Can North American Animals Serve as Hosts for Zika Virus?
    The mosquito-borne Zika virus might be able to infect and reproduce in a variety of common animal species, and a new study looked at 16 different types of animals, including goats, pigeons, raccoons, and ducks, to determine their potential to serve as hosts for Zika virus. ...More
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  • Study Showing How Bacteria Gets Into the Lungs Could Help Disease Research
    They traveled a huge distance, evaded a protective barrier, and found themselves in a strange and unwelcoming land. They're looked at suspiciously for possible links to dangerous diseases, and are under constant threat of being expelled from their adopted home. Their ...More
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  • Scientists Find Genetic Mutations That Drive Antibiotic Resistance
    Scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University have identified novel mutations in bacteria that promote the evolution of high-level antibiotic resistance. The findings, published in eLife, add to our understanding of how antibiotic resistance develops, ...More
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  • NIH Workshop Identifies Complex Health Problems Among Zika-Affected Infants
    Children exposed to Zika virus in the womb may face complex health and developmental problems as they grow older, according to discussions at a National Institutes of Health workshop. A summary of the proceedings, authored by researchers from NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver ...More
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  • Research Teams Hone In on Zika Vaccines, but Challenges Remain
    As public health officials warn that spring’s warmer temperatures may herald another increase of Zika virus infections in the Caribbean and North and South America, researchers around the world are racing to develop safe and effective measures to prevent the disease. ...More
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  • Understanding How HIV Evades the Immune System
    Researchers from Monash University in Australia and Cardiff University in the UK have come a step further in understanding how the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) evades the immune system. ...More
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  • Adaptable Model Recommends Response Strategies for Zika, Other Pandemics
    The 2016 Zika virus outbreak, along with recent outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, H1N1 and Ebola, underscore the importance of being prepared for and responding quickly to infectious diseases. Zika, in particular, poses unique challenges, since its associated birth defects and ...More
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  • Zika May Cause Thin Brain Tissue in Babies Carried to Term
    Johns Hopkins researchers say that in early pregnancy in mice with complete immune systems, Zika virus can cross the placenta -- intended to protect the developing fetus -- and appears to lead to a high percentage of miscarriages and to babies born with thin brain tissue ...More
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