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Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Post Date: November 10, 2020
The findings of a recently published study in JAMA suggest that expanding the scope of institutional planning to address a broader spectrum of resource limitations may help to support clinicians, promote equity, and optimize care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Post Date: November 10, 2020
The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health reported a laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Riyadh City.

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Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Post Date: November 10, 2020
The article recommends five ways to improve the feed supply chain: extend biosecurity practices that have been widely adopted on swine farms; use biosecurity visualization tools to train employees; control points of access; implement extreme measures such as feed transfer; thoroughly disinfect vehicles.

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Publication Date: November 4, 2020
Post Date: November 4, 2020
This study evaluated the effectiveness of personal protective measures against severe acute respiratory disease coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The study found that wearing masks all the time during contact was independently associated with a lower risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection compared with not wearing masks or wearing a mask sometimes during contact did not lower infection risk.

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Publication Date: November 4, 2020
Post Date: November 4, 2020
Scientists found antibodies to Ebola virus in people up to a year before the 2018 DRC Ebola virus disease outbreak, suggesting that Ebolavirus exposure may be more widespread than previously thought.

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Publication Date: November 4, 2020
Post Date: November 4, 2020
Researchers analyzed the potential of using tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic and research infrastructures for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) testing. They concluded that diagnostic infrastructures for TB can be leveraged to scale-up SARS-CoV-2 testing, particularly in resource-poor settings.

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Publication Date: November 4, 2020
Post Date: November 4, 2020
A report from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) asserts that Australia needs to improve its biosecurity to protect its self from invasive pests, pathogens, and pandemics.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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