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GMO Technology Integral To Studying Disease Threats

The Conversation: GMOs lead the fight against Zika, Ebola, and the next unknown pandemic Jeff Bessen, PhD candidate at Harvard University “…Most modern biomedical advances, especially the vaccines used to eradicate disease and protect against pandemics such as Zika, Ebola, and the flu, rely on the same molecular biology tools…

Brazil Researchers To Examine Possible Co-Factors In Zika-Related Birth Defects

Nature: Brazil asks whether Zika acts alone to cause birth defects “Government researchers in Brazil are set to explore the country’s peculiar distribution of Zika-linked microcephaly — babies born with abnormally small heads. Zika virus has spread throughout Brazil, but extremely high rates of microcephaly have been reported only in…

Members Of Congress Failed To Acknowledge Threat Of Zika In U.S.

Wall Street Journal: Zika Funding: What If Political Gridlock Isn’t Why Congress Hasn’t Acted? Ron Klain, external adviser to the Skoll Global Threats Fund “How did something that should have been uncontroversial — relatively modest funding to fight a new infectious disease in the U.S. — become so hard that…

DRC Launches Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign In Capital, Nearby Province

Reuters: Democratic Republic of Congo launches yellow fever vaccination drive “Democratic Republic of Congo launched a campaign on Wednesday to vaccinate about a million people against yellow fever over the next 10 days in the capital Kinshasa and a nearby province. A wider campaign to vaccinate more than 10 million…

Congress’s Response To Zika ‘Unsympathetic,’ ‘Shameful’

Baltimore Sun: Capitol Hill’s shameful indifference to Zika Editorial Board “…Only one group seems remarkably unconcerned about Zika and the threat it poses to public health: the men and women of the United States Congress who left Washington last week for a seven-week recess without approving a dime more in…

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