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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…

Progress In Research Made, Funding Shortfalls Persist 6 Months Into Zika Epidemic

The Lancet: The Zika virus public health emergency: 6 months on “…Feb. 1 was a landmark day in the history of the current Zika epidemic. … Since the [WHO’s Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)] declaration, scientists have made several unexpected discoveries about the Zika virus. … Many knowledge…

Leaders In Washington Should Address Zika Immediately

Foreign Policy: Dear Washington: The Time to Prepare for Zika Has Come and Gone Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “Dear presidential candidates, senators, and congressional representatives: … The time you’ve had to get a preparedness plan in order but have wasted twiddling…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Zika Response

Washington Post: Zika is spreading in Florida, but Congress still hasn’t approved cash to fight it Editorial Board “…Local governments and public health agencies are scrambling to control [Zika’s] spread, provide diagnostics, educate the public, and search for a vaccine. But instead of acting, Republican majorities in Congress have taken…

CDC Director Warns Agency ‘Basically Out Of Money’ For Zika Response, Requests Congress Include Emergency Funding In Stopgap Spending Measure

CQ News: CDC Director Pushes for Zika Funds in Stopgap Spending Bill “A stopgap spending measure without any additional funding for Zika would continue to complicate the federal response to the virus, Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters on Tuesday. Frieden said that…

Zika Could Be Widespread Across Haiti, Specialist Warns

NPR: Doctors Fear Zika Is A Sleeping Giant In Haiti “…Haiti has all of the ingredients for widespread transmission of Zika. … Yet as of August, Haiti had confirmed only five cases to the World Health Organization. … [Louise] Ivers, from Partners in Health, a global health organization based in…

Guinea-Bissau Zika Cases Not Same Viral Strain As Latin America’s, WHO Says

Agence France-Presse: Guinea-Bissau Zika cases not from Americas strain: WHO “Zika cases found in Guinea-Bissau do not stem from the virus strain linked to a surge in birth defects in Latin America, the World Health Organization said. … While the African strain of the virus found in the country had…

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