Skip to main content

News

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Post Date: March 30, 2021
New technology has brought cheap, rapid genome sequencing that is having a significant effect on infectious disease research and response.

Tags: COVID-19pathogen sequencinggenome sequencing

Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Post Date: April 1, 2021
mRNA COVID-19 vaccines need to be kept "well chilled" throughout the storage and distribution process to ensure vials don't perish. This article shares ways to circumnavigate these issues.

Tags: COVID-19vaccine distributionvaccine stability

Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Post Date: March 30, 2021
Because coronaviruses contain large amounts of circular RNAs (circRNAs) possessing various functions, scientists are researching their impact and the differences seen in circRNA of MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2.

Tags: COVID-19coronavirusSARS-associated coronavirus

Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Post Date: March 30, 2021
The SISS-Geo app (Georeferenced Wildlife Health Information System) allows users to document the health of animals they encounter and archives the precise location of the sighting. The software collects, through crowdsourcing, data on pathogens. SISS-Geo has helped Brazilian health officials monitor the movement of yellow, and predict where it’s headed next.

Tags: pandemic preparednessinfectious disease surveillancebiosurveillance

Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Post Date: March 30, 2021
African swine fever has flared up in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara killing tens of thousands of pigs.

Tags: African swine feverswine diseaseswine biosecurity

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Zurich have determined what causes normal proteins to convert to a disease form. These researchers also believe they have found a way to block prions from becoming a disease.

Tags: prion diseasebovine spongiform encephalopathyCreutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
Researchers built a sewage-handling robot that can detect coronavirus in wastewater 30 times faster than nonautomated large-scale systems. Commonly used viral concentration technique use filters and can take anywhere from six to eight hours to transform a couple dozen sewage specimens into samples that can then be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. This automated protocol concentrates 24 samples in a 40-minute run.

Tags: coronavirusCOVID-19waste water surveillance

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first machine learning-based Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) non-diagnostic screening device that identifies certain biomarkers that are indicative of some types of conditions, such as hypercoagulation (a condition causing blood to clot more easily than normal).

Tags: coronavirusCOVID-19SARS-CoV

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
Hong Kong Health Officials are monitoring a human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Guangxi in southern China.

Tags: avian influenza humanbird flu

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
A new disease surveillance network in Africa is trying to stop the next pandemic before it happens. The network will be setting up a rapid real-time data sharing system.

Tags: disease surveillancezoonotic diseaseAfrica