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Canadian researchers thwart Ebola virus

Canadian researchers thwart Ebola virus | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it
Cure has the longest treatment window so far resulting in full recovery – a full day...The treatment, in which injections of protein-grabbing antibodies stop a virus from replicating, has the longest treatment window so far resulting in full recovery – a full day. There’s just one catch: It can take up to two weeks for symptoms of the disease to appear.

In an article published Wednesday in Science and Translational Medicine, Gary Kobinger and several others outline the cocktail of antibodies they used to treat macaque monkeys infected with the most lethal strain of Ebola virus. All the macaques treated 24 hours after infection recovered, as did half of those treated after 48 hours.

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A Promising Trial HIV vaccine in Canada

A Promising Trial HIV vaccine in Canada | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it
While an estimated 30 HIV vaccines are being tested around the world, one trial in Canada promises to be unique. After decades of research, development, and high hopes, scientists at the University of Western Ontario are ready to test a new type of vaccine known as SAV001 that they hope will prevent HIV infections.

What makes this trial different, said lead researcher Chil-Yong Kang, Ph.D., is that this is the first preventive vaccine to use a “killed whole” HIV-1 virus to activate a person’s immune system. This version of the virus, however, would be genetically altered so it would not be able to cause HIV infection. For insurance, the virus is also inactivated by using chemicals and radiation.

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U of A vice-president honoured for vaccine breakthroughs

Instead of gorging on Christmas leftovers, Lorne Babiuk spent the final week of 1978 inside his lab. The University of Saskatchewan virology professor was determined to reproduce rotavirus, the microscopic pathogen behind much of the world's most severe diarrhea in livestock and children.
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