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Flu fighter called into question - TheNewsTribune.com

Flu fighter called into question - TheNewsTribune.com | Virology News | Scoop.it
TheNewsTribune.comFlu fighter called into questionTheNewsTribune.comLONDON — A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all of its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu.
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In Search of Spanish Flu 1 of 2 - BBC Science Documentary

In Search of Spanish Flu 1 of 2 - BBC Science Documentary, recorded 03.04.2009 Documentary in which a team of top UK virologists exhume the body of statesman...

 

Thanks Ken!

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Did wild birds cause the 2010 deadly West Nile virus outbreak in Greece? | Science Codex

Did wild birds cause the 2010 deadly West Nile virus outbreak in Greece? | Science Codex | Virology News | Scoop.it
In 2010, 35 people in Greece died from a West Nile virus (WNV) outbreak, with a further 262 laboratory-confirmed human cases.
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Wil Mara, author of The Gemini Virus

Wil Mara, author of The Gemini Virus | Virology News | Scoop.it

"The Gemini Virus is, as its title implies, a novel about a deadly pathogen.

The Gemini Virus is, as its title implies, a novel about a deadly pathogen. The virus in question shows up in the industrial Northeast one day and begins rapidly burning through the rest of population, first in the United States and then the rest of the world. The WHO, CDC, and numerous other healthcare agencies work around the clock to stop it, but this one’s the granddaddy of all viruses. Those who contract it die in about four days. The symptoms are horrific and the suffering is unimaginable, and it quickly earns the name ‘The Black Plague of the 21st Century.’

The story is told from a variety of perspectives. One is that of an epidemiologist from CDC who’s been charged with the unenviable task of backtracking the virus to see if he can figure out where it started and, hopefully, how to bring it down. This character, Dr. Michael Beck, is a brilliant and goodhearted man, but he’s also plagued by personal demons. And he has an assistant, Cara Porter, who shows tremendous promise and dedication but also grapples with personal issues. They make a great team, but they’re battling so many forces on so many fronts that their destiny is far from certain."

 

...except it would never be CALLED that, becauyse we have perfectly good geminiviruses already.  And an International COmmittee on Taxonomy of Viruses that looks after such things.

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Gates Foundation backs $13M venture add for flu drug developer - FierceBiotech

Gates Foundation backs $13M venture add for flu drug developer - FierceBiotech | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has stepped up with another equity investment in a biotech company, this time making a major contribution to a $13 million Series A add for a startup aiming at a universal preventive as well as therapeutic...
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Stuxnet goes out of control: Chevron infected by anti-Iranian virus, others could be next — RT

Stuxnet goes out of control: Chevron infected by anti-Iranian virus, others could be next — RT | Virology News | Scoop.it
America’s cyberwar is already seeing collateral damage, and it’s hitting the country’s own billion-dollar companies. Oil giants Chevron say the Stuxnet computer virus made by the US to target Iran infected their systems as well.

 

Yes, well, you release ANY virus, and you may get spread.  That's why you shouldn't.

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HIV Vaccine Doesn't Show Negative Side Effects In Early Trial

HIV Vaccine Doesn't Show Negative Side Effects In Early Trial | Virology News | Scoop.it
We may be a step closer to a vaccine against HIV -- with no bad side effects.

The vaccine, called SAV001-H, didn't show any adverse side effects and also seemed to boost the body's antibody formation against the virus, according to the first results released from Phase 1 trials, Discovery News reported. The vaccine was developed by researchers from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and Sumagen Canada.

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Virology: An Illustrated Colour Text

"This is a concise, highly accessible introduction to medical virology, incorporating essential basic principles as well as a systematic review of viruses and viral diseases. It pays particular attention to developments in anti-viral therapy that are becoming increasingly effective in modern medicine. It is an ideal textbook for the information-overloaded student and an invaluable everyday companion for the busy professional who needs a good understanding of the current state of medical virology.

In keeping with the highly successful format of other Illustrated Colour Texts, it presents the subject as a series of succinct 2 page ‘learning units’, using a superb collection of clear illustrations and clinical photographs, concise yet comprehensive text and key point boxes to aid quick access to information and examination preparation.

So whether you are a medical student, junior doctor, medical scientist, trainee in infectious diseases or student on another allied medical course, this book is here to make your life easier! It will also provide a very solid foundation for any who plan to delve deeper into this fascinating field."

 

It gives me great pleasure to be able to hype a book by colleagues from South Africa - and an eBook at that, given that it is available at a substantial discount for Kindle!  I shall be downloading it soonest.  Nice one, guys!

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New Technology Developed to Deliver Highly Potent DNA Vaccines

New Technology Developed to Deliver Highly Potent DNA Vaccines | Virology News | Scoop.it
Phoenix, AZ (Scicasts) – New and increasingly sophisticated vaccines are taking aim at a broad range of disease-causing pathogens, targeting them with greater effectiveness at lower cost and with improved measures to ensure safety.

 

And you HAVE to love that beard.  Great guy, Roy E Curtiss III!  Thanks, Ken

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Seattle AIDS vaccine scientists celebrate new clues – and uncertainty | Humanosphere

Seattle AIDS vaccine scientists celebrate new clues – and uncertainty | Humanosphere | Virology News | Scoop.it
New trials, including one to be launched by HVTN in South Africa focused on a modified version of the RV 144 vaccine, are underway as are a number of laboratory and clinical research projects aimed at finding HIV’s weak spots. Compared to only a few years ago, the HIV vaccine research community is no longer acting like they are attendants at a wake.

The evidence indicates an AIDS vaccine is possible. It is also likely the only chance of ever bringing the pandemic to an end.
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[Another] Influenza Found in Bats | The Scientist Magazine®

[Another] Influenza Found in Bats | The Scientist Magazine® | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new subtype of the flu virus is identified in Guatemalan yellow-shouldered bats, and the virus may share its genes with the human version.
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Science-Based Medicine » Antivaccine versus anti-GMO: Different goals, same methods

Countering ideologically motivated bad science, pseudoscience, misinformation, and lies is one of the main purposes of this blog. Specifically, we try to...

 

EXCELLENT site for those concerned by the tide of anti-G and anti-vaccine propaganda.

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LEAKED: 2012-2012 FLU Vaccine insert (SOFT KILL) [bullshit alert!]

LEAKED: 2012-2012 FLU Vaccine insert (SOFT KILL) [bullshit alert!] | Virology News | Scoop.it

"I am an RN. I sincerely believe the Flu Vaccines are soft kill weapons."

 

You are an idiot.  See my attached comment.

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In Search of Spanish Flu 2 of 2 - BBC Science Documentary

In Search of Spanish Flu 2 of 2 - BBC Science Documentary, recorded 03.04.2009 Documentary in which a team of top UK virologists exhume the body of statesman...

 

And again: Ken Yaw Agyeman Badu, many thanks!

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Darfur yellow fever outbreak deaths rise to 85, virus reaches Khartoum

Darfur yellow fever outbreak deaths rise to 85, virus reaches Khartoum | Virology News | Scoop.it

Cases from the yellow fever outbreak in the Darfur region of western Sudan continue to rise as the World Health Organization (WHO)-Sudan reports 266 suspected cases in 20 localities, according to WHO news release Nov.9.

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The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell

"The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri is a classic of world literature and was the first major work in the Italian language. In the first book of the trilogy, Inferno, Dante offers a tour of the nine increasingly horrible levels of Hell, in which the wicked are tormented forever in ways corresponding to their sins. But Dante lived before the era of modern science. Perhaps it is necessary to update his scheme to explain what happens to those guilty of various scientific sins, ranging from the commonplace to the shocking"

 

Non-funding.  They forgot non-funding.  Thanks @AJCann!

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Spread of koala retrovirus in Australia

Spread of koala retrovirus in Australia | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Koala retrovirus (KoRV) continues to spread within Australia, according to results of a new analysis of a larger sample size from a wider geographical range than ws previously studied.

 

Before you hug that cute cuddly thing....

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HPV vaccine may benefit HIV-infected women, study finds

HPV vaccine may benefit HIV-infected women, study finds | Virology News | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Women with HIV may benefit from a vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), despite having already been exposed to HPV, a study finds.
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USB chair sounds off on biotechnology

USB chair sounds off on biotechnology | Virology News | Scoop.it
Vanessa Kummer, United Soybean Board Chair and a soybean farmer from Colfax, N.D., says USB wants to set the record straight regarding GMOs, which she contends enable growers to grow more on less land, using fewer inputs and conserving the soil...
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Medicago Announces 2012 Third Quarter Financial Results [Green Vaccines]

Medicago Announces 2012 Third Quarter Financial Results [Green Vaccines] | Virology News | Scoop.it
"In the third quarter of 2012, we announced that we had successfully produced significantly more than 10 million doses of H1N1 influenza VLP vaccine at our commercial-scale facility in North Carolina and completed the DARPA project. In addition, we announced FDA authorization to initiate a Phase I clinical trial with IDRI for an H5N1 VLP vaccine to explore the possibility of enhanced protection with one dose of vaccine, continued development of the quadrivalent seasonal flu vaccine, and signed a commercial agreement with Philip Morris Products for influenza vaccines in China," said Andy Sheldon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Medicago. "In 2013, we expect to see results from at least three clinical trials, which would reinforce our position with governments and companies to secure revenues and grant opportunities."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/09/4974415/medicago-announces-2012-third.html#storylink=cpy

 

Still Going Green: the sensible thing to do.

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The A, B, and C of influenza virus

The A, B, and C of influenza virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
Influenza A viruses tend to garner most of the attention, but let’s not forget that there are two other virus types, B and C.
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Author Carl Zimmer: Our Viral Future

Popular science writer and blogger Carl Zimmer surveys the history of the virus, predicts its future and comments on its implications.

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Benefit and harm from immunity to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection is a major cause of morbidity in children and of morbidity and mortality in elderly or immunocompromised adults. Given prophylactically, antibody can protect against infection, but natural levels are poorly protective. Vaccination may enhance disease, and there is no well tolerated and effective vaccine or antiviral treatment. Despite over 50 years of research, therapy remains nonspecific and supportive.



Time to Go Green...
Via Chris Upton + helpers
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Health Canada pulls distribution of Novartis flu vaccines - New Brunswick - CBC News

Health Canada pulls distribution of Novartis flu vaccines - New Brunswick - CBC News | Virology News | Scoop.it
Health Canada has suspended the distribution of two flu vaccine products from pharmaceutical giant Novartis and is telling those who administer the shots to hold off using the vaccine made by that company.

 

...because of clumping of protein that may lower the efficacy, not because of anything toxic.

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