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TSRI and Biotech Partners Find New Antibody Weapons Against Marburg Virus

June 29, 2015 10:08 am | by TSRI | News | Comments

A new study identifies new immune molecules that protect against deadly Marburg virus, a relative of Ebola virus.

Diagnosing Ebola in Minutes

June 26, 2015 10:54 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

A  new test can accurately diagnose the Ebola virus disease within minutes at the point of care...

Future Antibiotics

June 25, 2015 9:35 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers have engineered particles, known as “phagemids,” capable of producing toxins that...

Sequencing Ebola’s Secrets

June 22, 2015 11:06 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Study provides deep insights into course, makeup of deadly disease.

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North Korea Says it Cured Cancer, AIDS, Ebola with Wonder Drug

June 19, 2015 4:16 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Korea — which has allegedly starved millions of its people and is unable to treat even modest medical problems such as cataracts — has a new drug on the market that it says can cure AIDS, Ebola and some cancers.

‘Core’ Immune Cells Reduce Symptoms, Spread of Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza

June 17, 2015 11:19 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Research shows that certain T cells, immune cells that fight infection, can help to control influenza infections by targeting a core structural protein common to all strains of influenza .

MERS Not Given Same Vaccine Attention as Ebola, Other Viruses

June 16, 2015 8:51 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A MERS outbreak has infected about 150 people in South Korea, after a businessman apparently brought the virus back from the Middle East. Authorities are scrambling to control the spread of the illness, known fully as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. But a vaccine is not among their tools – since it doesn’t yet exist, and is probably not close to being developed.


WHO: MERS Not Spreading Outside S. Korea Hospitals

June 15, 2015 10:54 am | by Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

The MERS virus in South Korea, which has killed 14 people and infected nearly 140 in the largest outbreak outside the Middle East, hasn't spread outside hospitals among the wider community or become easier to transmit between humans, the World Health Organization said.

2 S. Korean Hospitals Shut Over MERS Fears; 11th Person Dies

June 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung | News | Comments

Authorities in South Korea temporarily closed two hospitals amid persistent fears over the MERS virus outbreak, which killed an 11th person Friday, though health officials said they are seeing fewer new infections.

South Korea Reports 10th Death from MERS Virus

June 11, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea reported a 10th death from the MERS virus on Thursday, although officials say they believe the disease has peaked.

Staph Germ, Found in Noses, Can Be Pushed Out by Good Bacteria

June 9, 2015 10:49 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Staphylococcus aureus, also known as the dreaded Staph bacteria that can cause lethal infections, is commonly found in the human nose. The germ is also estimated to cause infections killing 18,000 people every year in the U.S. But the potentially deadly unwelcome guests are a product of environment, not genes – and can be pushed out by benign bacteria, according to an international study of twins.

6th Person Dies of MERS Virus in South Korea

June 8, 2015 9:25 am | by Tong-hyung Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea on Monday reported its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities were bolstering measures to stem the spread of the virus that has left dozens of people infected.


More Reason for Calm than Panic in South Korea's MERS Scare

June 4, 2015 10:42 am | by Foster Klug, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a look at what's happening in South Korea. 

Biotech Company Focuses on Developing Needle-Free Vaccines

June 3, 2015 8:31 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A company in the Netherlands is working on a needle-free vaccine candidate for treating human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

New Sensing Tech Could Help Detect Diseases, Fraudulent Art, Chemical Weapons

June 2, 2015 9:28 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

An international research team of engineers has developed nanotechnology that promises to make surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) simpler and more affordable.

Federal Cafeterias to Serve Meat with Fewer Antibiotics

June 2, 2015 9:00 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's effort to curb the use of antibiotics in meat is starting with his own employees.

South Korea Reports its First 2 Deaths From MERS Virus

June 2, 2015 8:55 am | by Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East.


South Korea Isolating Hundreds Amid MERS Outbreak

June 1, 2015 2:44 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

South Korea reported two additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, on Sunday.

Gene May Help us Resist AIDS

June 1, 2015 10:03 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Part of a gene variant present in some wild African chimps is nearly identical to a section of an analogous gene version found in HIV-infected humans who are uncharacteristically slow to progress to full-blown AIDS.

New Chip Makes Testing for Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria Faster, Easier

May 27, 2015 9:23 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

Researchers have designed a small and simple chip to test for antibiotic resistance in just one hour, giving doctors a shot at picking the most effective antibiotic to treat potentially deadly infections. Their work was was published this week in the international journal Lab on a Chip.

WHO Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance, Immunization Gaps, and Malnutrition

May 26, 2015 10:05 am | by World Health Organization | News | Comments

The World Health Assembly agreed on resolutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance; improve access to affordable vaccines and address over- and under-nutrition.

Uncovering Mechanisms of Replication in HPV

May 21, 2015 10:28 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Scientists have identified proteins that mediate aspects of virus replication in the lifecycle of human papillomavirus (HPV), a finding that may lead to new therapeutic targets for treatment of infections caused by the virus.

Promising Malaria and Dengue Vaccines Will Not Defeat Diseases

May 21, 2015 9:02 am | by Christopher J. Pace, Ph.D., GlobalData Managing Analyst, Infectious Diseases | Articles | Comments

The company expects that while vaccines will be an essential component of future dengue and malaria prevention and control efforts, immunization cannot succeed as a silver bullet solution for either disease.

New Technology Turns Smartphone into a DNA-Scanning Microscope

May 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a new technology that turns a smartphone into a DNA-scanning fluorescent microscope.  Lead researcher Aydogan Ozcan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute chancellor professor at UCLA, sat down with Bioscience Technology to talk about this advancement and its implications for resource-poor labs, and for personalized medicine.

Inflammation Stops the Biological Clock

May 19, 2015 9:33 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

An important link between the human body clock and the immune system has relevance for better understanding inflammatory and infectious diseases, researchers discovered.

Bioscience Bulletin

May 18, 2015 8:54 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

In case you missed any exciting news on Bioscience Technology last week, here is a round-up of the top five most popular stories.

Researchers Find New Target for Anti-Malaria Drugs

May 14, 2015 9:50 am | by MIT | News | Comments

A new target for drug development in the fight against the deadly disease malaria has been discovered by researchers at MIT.

Antibiotic Resistant Typhoid Detected in Countries Around the World

May 12, 2015 10:02 am | by Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute | News | Comments

 There is an urgent need to develop global surveillance against the threat to public health caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens, which can cause serious and untreatable infections in humans.

GSK Creates New Startup to Find Cure for HIV

May 12, 2015 9:14 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill are teaming up to run this operation. 

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