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Publication Date: December 2, 2020
Post Date: December 2, 2020
A team of researchers recently studied the significance of the unusual way the virus’s genome – or genetic blueprint – codes for the manufacture of a protein called 3B. The protein is involved in the replication of the virus.

Tags: foot and mouth disease

Publication Date: December 2, 2020
Post Date: December 2, 2020
An experimental vaccine developed in Europe to prevent infection by Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) has protected cynomolgus macaques in a new collaborative study from National Institutes of Health scientists

Tags: Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fevervaccine development

Publication Date: November 27, 2020
Post Date: November 27, 2020
A pre-published study shows tetracycline-based antibiotics may slow infection and reduce neurological problems from Zika infections.

Tags: Zika countermeasureantibiotic efficacy

Publication Date: November 27, 2020
Post Date: November 27, 2020
Researchers recently published a report which suggests the H6 avian influenza virus isolated from live poultry markets pose potential threat to mammals.

Tags: avian influenzaavian influenza virus

Publication Date: November 27, 2020
Post Date: November 27, 2020
Norway has detected its first case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu.

Tags: avian influenzaavian influenza, transmission

Publication Date: November 27, 2020
Post Date: November 27, 2020
Coronaviruses closely related to the SARS-CoV2 virus were found in laboratory freezers in Japan and Cambodia. Both samples were taken from bats. These are the first samples of the SARS-CoV-2 relatives to be found outside China.

Tags: SARS-CoVpandemic

Publication Date: November 19, 2020
Post Date: November 20, 2020
Researchers at North Carolina State University call for a coalition of biotech industry, government and non-government organizations, trade organizations, and academic experts to work together to provide basic information about gene-edited crops to lift the veil on how plants or plant products are modified and provide greater transparency on the presence and use of gene editing in food supplies.

Tags: genetically modified cropsgene editinggene editing policy

Publication Date: November 19, 2020
Post Date: November 19, 2020
The University of William and Mary's iGEM 2020 Team designed a potential COVID-19 therapy as their entry for the iGEM 2020 competition.

Tags: COVID-19SARS-CoVpharmaceutical development

Publication Date: November 19, 2020
Post Date: November 19, 2020
On November 18, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) over. Lessons learned from this outbreak with relevance for the current COVID 19 pandemic include: vaccinations are key part of the response, super cold storage is needed for vaccines, proper funding for response is critical, and children need special attention.

Tags: Ebola best practiceCOVID-19infectious disease response

Publication Date: November 18, 2020
Post Date: November 20, 2020
The Swedish company Ziccum is developing a method of preserving vaccines that requires no refrigeration and may remain viable for up to a month at ambient temperature. Freeze-dried vaccines do exist but these require refrigeration. Ziccum's method could be a breakthrough for the future of vaccine development.

Tags: countermeasuresvaccine development