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Publication Date: November 4, 2020
Post Date: November 4, 2020
Russia and Israel reported H5N8 outbreaks in poultry. German detected H5N8 in a few wild birds. While the United Kingdom reported an H5N2 outbreak in poultry.

Tags: avian influenzabird flu

Publication Date: November 2, 2020
Post Date: November 2, 2020
Researchers have discovered characteristics of human 3D vision in a computer vision network only designed to “view” in 2D. The brain detects 3D shape fragments such as bumps, hollows, shafts, and spheres in the beginning stages of object vision—a newly discovered strategy of natural intelligence. The researchers found that same strategy in artificial intelligence networks trained to recognize visual objects.

Tags: artificial intelligence

Publication Date: October 30, 2020
Post Date: October 30, 2020

The 2020 Prix Galien USA Award for Best Biotechnology was won by Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc for its drug Onpattro.  Onpattro is an RNAi therapeutic for the treatment of the polyneuropathy of hATTR amyloidosis in adults.

Tags: biotechnologypharmaceuticals

Publication Date: October 30, 2020
Post Date: October 30, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that worldwide there are very low numbers of influenza detections reported, with A(H3N2) viruses accounting for the majority of detections. In the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere, influenza activity remained below interseasonal levels, though influenza detections were reported in some countries.  In the temperate zones of the southern hemisphere, the influenza season remained low or below baseline overall. There were very few influenza detections were reported across countries.

Tags: influenza virusoutbreak

Publication Date: October 30, 2020
Post Date: October 30, 2020

The Dutch Government is culling all of the birds at the impacted facility and has enacted a transport ban for 10 kilometers around the facility.  There are 28 poultry farms within 10 kilometers of the facility. 

Tags: avian flubird fluavian influenza control

Publication Date: October 27, 2020
Post Date: November 2, 2020
In the race to develop pharmaceuticals more efficiently and with a more pointed approach to target specific diseases, marine ecosystems are increasingly playing an important role. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is sponsoring a research endeavor by Scripps and the Ocean Exploration Trust using a remotely operated vehicle, the Hercules, from the OET base ship Nautilus along the southern California coast.

Tags: drug developmentpharmaceutical development

Publication Date: October 26, 2020
Post Date: November 2, 2020
A living lung model, referred to as "lung organoids" or mini lungs, mimics the tiny air sacs of the lungs where coronavirus infection and serious lung damage take place within the alveoli. Grown from alveolar stem cells, the model allows researchers to observe viral disease progression at the molecular level, and may assist in the rapid development of drug therapies for COVID-19.

Tags: COVID-19coronavirus

Publication Date: October 26, 2020
Post Date: October 30, 2020

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) are joining forces to keep African swine fever from affecting vulnerable populations and the security of the worlds food supply. They are asking all nations to partner on a new initiative called: Global Control of ASF Initiative.

Tags: biosecurityAfrican swine feveranimal disease control

Publication Date: October 26, 2020
Post Date: October 26, 2020

According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Dutch officials reported two new cases of H5N8. These cases resulted in two deaths of mute swans in the Utrecht province of the Netherlands. 

Tags: avian fluavian influenza waterfowlbird flu

Publication Date: October 23, 2020
Post Date: October 23, 2020

 India’s stringent biodiversity protection laws and the rules of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) prevent Indian scientists from sharing information about new microbes.   

Tags: biosecurityinformation sharing