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Ebola Virus Particles Detected In Survivors’ Semen More Than 1 Year Post-Infection

Reuters: Ebola virus lasts in semen for up to 565 days: study “The largest analysis yet has found Ebola virus particles present in semen as long as 565 days after recovery from an infection, highlighting the potential role of sex in sparking another outbreak, researchers reported on Tuesday. The study,…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Zika Response

Nature: Don’t redirect Ebola cash to Zika vaccines Editorial Board “…Taking money from much-needed research and health care to develop a vaccine against one disease itself costs lives. … When Congress returns to session on 6 September, the U.S. administration should insist on a permanent fund from which public health…

Researchers Continue To Conduct PrEP Research Among Women In South Africa

Scientific American: HIV Prevention Runs into Trouble in South Africa “…Researchers had hoped to break the [HIV transmission] cycle by giving young women HIV drugs before they are infected. It’s a mode of therapy referred to as preexposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. However, when PrEP was given to women as a…

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…

U.S. Should Develop Strategy To Guide Biological Technology Research Efforts

Foreign Policy: Zika Is Just the First Front in the 21st-Century Biowar James Stavridis, dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University “…The United States needs to continue its research efforts [in biological technology], but, equally important, it needs to develop a coherent and cohesive biological…

USAID Announces First-Round Winners In Combating Zika Grand Challenge

Science Speaks: From a human-scented mosquito trap to rapid diagnostics, USAID funds research and development against Zika “A research center in Tanzania will develop inexpensive sandals treated to ward off mosquito bites. Investigators at Johns Hopkins will create a human-scented trap to lure mosquitoes. In Sao Paolo, Brazil, inventors will…

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