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Experimental Blood Cell Transplants To Treat HIV Fail, Researchers Report

Associated Press: A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection “Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood cell transplants similar to one that cured a man known as ‘the Berlin patient’ have failed, and all six patients died…”…

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USAID Grants $10M To DNDi For NTD Drug R&D

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative: DNDi Receives US$ 10 Million from USAID to Develop New Drugs for Neglected Filaria Patients “The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) has been awarded US$ 10 million by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop new treatments for onchocerciasis (river blindness)…

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USAID Using ‘Grand Challenges’ Approach To Find Innovative Solutions To Global Crises

Devex: USAID’s grand challenges — a model for speeding up the pipeline in global crises “…The U.S. aid agency’s grand challenges approach represent[s] organizationwide and lately even governmentwide efforts to institutionalize innovation, part of what USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah called in a statement on Friday a ‘new model of development…

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Discovery Of Antibodies Effective Against All Dengue Strains Holds Vaccine Promise, Study Says

Bloomberg News: Mosquito-Borne Dengue Targeted by Antibody With Hope for Vaccine “Scientists have discovered new antibodies that neutralize viruses that cause dengue, potentially putting a universal vaccine within reach for a mosquito-borne illness that strikes an estimated 400 million people a year. The antibodies are effective against all four dengue…

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Geneva Hospital Temporarily Suspends Ebola Vaccine Trial After Some Participants Experience Joint Pain

Financial Times: Merck’s Ebola vaccine trial suspended “The race to stem the spread of Ebola suffered a setback on Thursday when researchers suspended a clinical trial of a new vaccine, and U.S. officials said an American nurse with exposure to the disease would be admitted to a special treatment facility…”…

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FY15 Compromise Spending Bill Includes $5.4B In Ebola Funding, $300M Increase For PEPFAR

The Hill: Ebola funding in ‘cromnibus’ falls just short of Obama request “The $1.1 trillion spending bill unveiled Tuesday night includes nearly all of President Obama’s massive $6.2 billion emergency funding request to fight the Ebola outbreak. Lawmakers have agreed to spend $5.4 billion on Ebola treatment and prevention measures…

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U.S. Government Agencies Assist In Search For Ebola Vaccine; HHS Offers Immunity To Ebola Vaccine Makers

CQ HealthBeat: BARDA Finds Ways to Help Boost Vaccine Production “Far less famous than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health is a program at the heart of the fight against diseases such as the flu and Ebola — the Biomedical Advanced Research and…

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U.S. Government Spending Compromise Includes Flat Funding For NIH Research

ScienceInsider: First look: New U.S. spending deal a mixed bag for science “NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) appear to be among the winners — relatively speaking — in a spending deal reached Tuesday night by lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, with both agencies receiving…

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Ebola Solidifies Some Lawmakers’ Commitment To Biomedical Research Spending

Roll Call: Ebola Drives Interest in More Biomedical Research “…Top appropriators from both parties say they are committed to investing in biomedical research, particularly the National Institutes of Health. But the parties have not agreed on how to boost that funding, and lawmakers also have criticized some of the government’s…

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President Obama Praises Ebola Vaccine Research, Calls On Congress To Approve Emergency Ebola Funding Before Winter Recess

Associated Press: Obama: Ebola still priority as public focus shifts “Declaring the ‘fight is nowhere close to being over,’ President Barack Obama on Tuesday heralded strides in the effort to confront Ebola in West Africa and in protecting the U.S. against the spread of the deadly virus. He said squelching…

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