• CDC Issues Statement on Newly Discovered Smallpox Specimens
    On July 1, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notified the appropriate regulatory agency, the Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that employees discovered vials labeled ”variola,” ...More
    July 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Why Does Smallpox Vaccine Shield Some and Not Others? It's in the Genes
    How well people are protected by the smallpox vaccine depends on more than the quality of the vaccination: individual genes can alter their response, Mayo Clinic research shows. The findings, gathered using sophisticated genomic screening, appear in today’s online issue of ...More
    April 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Uncover How Poxviruses Evolve Rapidly Despite Low Mutation Rates
    Poxviruses, a group of DNA-containing viruses that includes smallpox, are responsible for a wide range of diseases in humans and animals. They are highly virulent and able to cross species barriers, yet how they do so has been largely a mystery because of their low mutation ...More
    August 16, 2012 Posted in News
  • Expert Ponders Whether Remaining Stockpiles of Smallpox Virus Should be Destroyed
    Raymond S. Weinstein, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and a research professor at George Mason University in Manassas, Va., ponders the question of whether the remaining stockpile of variola -- which ...More
    April 6, 2011 Posted in News
  • BARDA Supports Next Steps for a New Antiviral Drug for Smallpox
    A $24.8 million federal contract will support development a new antiviral drug to treat smallpox. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness ...More
    February 17, 2011 Posted in News
  • Human Monkeypox Rising Sharply in Africa, Popping Up in U.S.
    In the winter of 1979, the world celebrated the end of smallpox, a highly contagious and often fatal viral infection estimated to have caused between 300 and 500 million deaths during the 20th century. The virus was eradicated through an aggressive worldwide vaccination ...More
    September 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Repurposing the Smallpox Vaccine to Battle HIV
    Researchers from The Wistar Institute recently reported that a human adenovirus called AdHu26, once thought uncommon, is not so rare after all. This could be bad news for scientists eager to use engineered AdHu26 human adenoviruses as vaccines against HIV and other ...More
    August 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • First Smallpox Vaccine for Special Populations Delivered Under Project BioShield
    Delivery to the Strategic National Stockpile of the first 1 million doses of the nation’s first smallpox vaccine for certain immune-compromised populations is now complete, the result of a Project BioShield contract. ...More
    July 28, 2010 Posted in News
  • Conference on Vaccine Research to Highlight 40-Year Progress
    Scientists at the 13th annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR), sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), will reflect on the remarkable growth of vaccine biotechnology in the last several decades and focus on the growing number of ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researcher Says Trying to Eradicate a Disease is a Waste of Money
    Eradicating smallpox was one of the greatest human accomplishments of the 20th century, but new research shows initiatives of this kind are not as good a use of health dollars as people might think. McGill University biologist Dr. Jonathan Davies explains that reducing the ...More
    April 15, 2010 Posted in News
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