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Ebola Focusing Spotlight On Experimental Drugs, Financial Incentives For Research Into Neglected Disease Treatments

News outlets discuss the use of experimental drugs to treat Ebola and the potential for financial incentives for additional research into treatments. ABC News: Experimental Ebola Drug’s Role in Americans’ Recoveries Remains Unclear “American Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly credited doctors, God, and an experimental drug for his recovery today.…

USAID Investing In Science, Technology Research In Africa

USAID’s “Impact”: The Power of Scientific Research Investment in Africa Andy Sisson, acting director of the U.S. Global Development Lab, writes, “…Building lasting partnerships with African leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs and innovators is at the core of USAID’s approach, which seeks to end extreme poverty by investing in Africa’s greatest resource:…

Seals Brought TB To Americas, Study Says

News outlets report on a study published in Nature that suggests seals and sea lions brought tuberculosis (TB) to the Americas. Nature: Seals brought TB to Americas “Ancient bacterial genome sequences collected from human remains in Peru suggest that seals first gave tuberculosis (TB) to humans in the Americas…” (Skinner,…

Researchers Return To Nature In Search Of New Antibiotics, Reuters Reports

Reuters: Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics “…[Researchers are] turning back to nature in the hope that places as extreme as insects’ insides, the depths of the oceans, or the driest of deserts may throw up chemical novelties and lead to new drugs…” (Kelland/Hirschler, 8/18).

NIH Accelerates Human Clinical Trials Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine

Los Angeles Times: U.S. speeds up human clinical trials for promising Ebola vaccine “Researchers at the National Institutes of Health are accelerating human clinical trials for what scientists hope is a promising new vaccine to combat the deadly Ebola virus…” (Levine, 8/18).

News Outlets Report On Latest U.S. Responses To Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the latest U.S. responses to Ebola, including how the U.S. health care system is preparing for and may be impacted by Ebola. The Hill: Obama offers condolences to Ebola victims “President Obama on Thursday offered condolences to the victims of the deadly Ebola outbreak plaguing West Africa…