Monthly Archives: June 2016

Anthrax Capsule Vaccine Shown to Protect Against Lethal Inhalational Anthrax in Primate Model

Vaccination with the anthrax capsule–a naturally occurring component of the bacterium that causes the disease–completely protected monkeys from lethal anthrax infection, according to a study published online this week in the journal VACCINE. These results indicate that anthrax capsule is … Continue reading

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Alpaca-Derived Antibodies Point to Targets Preventing Viral Infection

Whitehead Institute scientists have determined how to use alpaca-derived, single-domain antibody fragments (also called VHHs or nanobodies) to perturb cellular processes in mammalian cells, including the infection of human cells by influenza A virus (IAV) and vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). … Continue reading

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How to Diagnose Systemic Infections Much More Quickly and Reliably

To date, there are no methods that can quickly and accurately detect pathogens in blood to allow the diagnosis of systemic bloodstream infections that can lead to life-threatening sepsis. The standard of care for detecting such blood-borne infections is blood … Continue reading

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Angina Drug Could Inform a New Strategy to Fight Cryptococcosis

A drug more commonly used in the treatment of angina could be the focus of a new strategy in fighting the fatal fungal infection cryptococcosis. Researchers from the University of Birmingham found that the compound fendiline hydrochloride could be used … Continue reading

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WHO doubles Zika sexual abstinence wait to 8 weeks before trying to conceive

Caio Julio Vasconcelos who was born with microcephaly, an abnormally small head, is kissed by a therapist at the Institute for the Blind in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, in February. (Andre Penner/Associated Press) The UN┬áhealth agency says sexual transmission of Zika … Continue reading

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