Doctors in the United States are using the CRISPR technique for the first time to treat Sickle Cell disease. The doctors are modifying the patients’ own bone marrow with CRISPR to get the marrow to produce a protein which is only made a short time following birth. The belief is the protein created will combat sickle cell.
Researchers with the Wellcome Sanger Institute have published a study that reinforces that hospitals are the primary source for multidrug-resistant pathogens. The results highlight the threat of carbapenem resistance, one of the most powerful antibiotics used in hospitals.
The source of the second confirmed Ebola case in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo is still unknown. All of those in contact with the patient before he died are now receiving experimental, but effective vaccines.
This article touches on the dual-use potential of 3D bio-printing and how this new technology may pose challenges for law enforcement officials when attempting to identify illicit manufacturing activities.
The Ivory Coast Ministry of Health has reported 89 yellow fever cases, primarily in the city of Abidjan. One death has been reported.
Officials in Bulgaria have decided to cull another 17,000 pigs after a fifth industrial pig farm was found to have an African swine fever outbreak. Bulgarian officials have already culled more than 100,000 pigs within the past two weeks.
As the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola outbreak reaches its anniversary, the number of cases continue to surge. Health officials recorded 41 more cases since the end of last week (July 27), with 12 of those cases reported yesterday (July 29).
This article touches on how big data science may affect precision public health by identifying gaps, making predictive analyses, and forecasting disease outbreaks. However, the authors acknowledge there are still many technical challenges that must be overcome in order to fulfill the promise of big data science.
A stem-cell scientist from the University of Tokyo has received Japanese government approval and funding to grow human cells inside of animal embryos to conduct targeted organ generation that may lay the groundwork for new opportunities for organ transplants.
As a result of a worldwide African swine fever outbreak, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is coordinating a multistate exercise to address the response to an outbreak within the United States as well as ensuring continuity of business in the domestic pork industry.