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  • 29 August 2014 - BROAD INSTITUTE OF MIT AND HARVARD/SCIENCE

    Genomic sequencing reveals mutations, insights into 2014 Ebola outbreak

    This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) reveales some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith

    In response to an ongoing, unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, a team of researchers from the Broad Institute and Harvard University, in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation and researchers across institutions and continents, has rapidly sequenced and... [ more ]

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  • 16 July 2014 - HIV RESEARCH

    Robert Gallo: “We need greater courage and a clear mission”

    Public Health, HIV

    A good 30 years ago, Robert Gallo stood behind the podium at a memorable press conference: Former US Secretary of Health Margaret Heckler announced in 1984 that the probable cause of AIDS had been found, that scientists could artificially mass-produce the virus and that they had developed a blood test. This was all work that Gallo had led and would continue to lead. He had achieved a major scientific breakthrough. So the war on AIDS was waged, but we have still not won. An interview with the US virologist Dr. Robert Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Scientific Director of the Global Virus Network, over the successes, the mistakes and the challenges that still lie before us. [ more ]

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  • 5 June 2014 - BACTERIAL INFECTIONS

    To be or not to be? Controversy over Helicobacter

    Bacterial infections, Antibiotics, Helicobacter pylori, Microbiome

    lt was well with the world when Barry Marshall and Robin Warren identified a hitherto unknown bacterium as the most important cause of gastritis and stomach ulcers. Or so it seemed. We were able to treat these diseases effectively with antibiotics. After three decades of intensive research on this gastric germ, however, a number of researchers are warning that we have been over-reactionary: Is Helicobacter pylori a threatened species? And could its extinction actually harm our health? By Martina Bünnige. [ more ]

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