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Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Post Date: January 19, 2021
Severe emerging and re-emerging viral infections such as Lassa fever, Avian influenza (AI), and COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 urgently call for new strategies for the development of broad-spectrum antivirals targeting conserved components in the virus life cycle. Viral lipids are essential components, and viral-cell membrane fusion is the required entry step for most unrelated enveloped viruses.

Tags: antiviralCOVID-19coronavirus

Publication Date: December 31, 2020
Post Date: January 5, 2021
Genetic mutations that fuel resistance to a drug intended to prevent malaria in pregnant women and children are common in countries that are fighting the disease, according to a PLOS Genetics analysis.

Tags: drug-resistant malaria

Publication Date: December 31, 2020
Post Date: January 5, 2021
A new mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has been identified and is far more transmissible than previous variants. The variant, known as B.1.1.7, is reportedly 50-70 percent more transmissible and researchers are looking at the implications of this mutant.

Tags: coronavirusmutationCOVID-19

Publication Date: December 30, 2020
Post Date: January 5, 2021
The law establishes the foundation for state control and basic principles in the sphere of ensuring the biological safety of the Russian Federation as well as defines a set of measures "directed at protection of residents and environment from the influence of dangerous biological factors, at prevention of biological threats (hazards), creation and development of a monitoring system of biological risks."

Tags: biological safetybiosafety lawbiosafety regulation

Publication Date: December 22, 2020
Post Date: December 23, 2020
With widespread vaccination potentially months away and companies seeking ways to introduce consumer-grade air purifiers to kill COVID-19, AiroDoctor has introduced a commercial four-stage air purifier that it claims can destroy or neutralize viruses using UV LEDs.

Tags: decontaminationCOVID-19

Publication Date: December 22, 2020
Post Date: December 22, 2020
A recent study determined that Reston ebolavirus (RESTV) should be considered a livestock pathogen with potential to affect other mammals, including people.

Tags: Ebolazoonotic diseasefilovirus

Publication Date: December 22, 2020
Post Date: December 22, 2020
Researchers describe a new SARS-CoV-2 lineage (501Y.V2) spreading in South Africa, which is characterized by eight lineage-defining mutations in the spike protein.

Tags: SARS-associated coronavirusSARS-CoVviral evolution

Publication Date: December 22, 2020
Post Date: December 22, 2020
Since the first animal-to-human infectious disease was identified in 1901, scientists have found at least another 200 viruses capable of causing human disease. While infectious disease research, has determined that new species of viruses are being discovered at a rate of three to four a year.

Tags: zoonotic diseasedisease surveillancepandemic preparedness

Publication Date: December 21, 2020
Post Date: December 23, 2020
Development of a reliable, fast rapid antigen test for COVID-19 has become a major concern for many companies globally. Use of the popular gene-editing technique CRISPR could soon provide highly sensitive tests that are able to give a valid result in 5 minutes.
Publication Date: December 17, 2020
Post Date: December 17, 2020
The Beef Checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has developed a Daily Biosecurity Plan for Disease Prevention template to help cattle farmers and ranchers secure their facilities.

Tags: biosecurity best practiceagriculture biodefenselivestock biosecurity