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Veterinarians Play ‘Pivotal Role’ In Defense Against Animal-Borne Diseases

The Hill: Veterinarians: Warriors in the battle against disease Arve Lee Willingham, associate dean for research and postgraduate studies and professor of One Health at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine “…60 percent of all human diseases are [transmitted by animals]. … Who’s manning the front lines against these diseases?…

Small Percentage Of People Infected With Ebola Considered ‘Superspreaders,’ Responsible For 61% Of Cases In West Africa, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: Small percentage of people spread most Ebola cases: study “Most of the people infected with Ebola in the West Africa epidemic that began in 2014 got sick through contact with a small number of ‘superspreaders’ with the disease, researchers said Monday…” (2/13). International Business Times: Sierra Leone: Ebola…

U.S. Scientists Must Be Vocal, ‘Reject Interference’ From Politics

New York Times: When Canadian Scientists Were Muzzled by Their Government Wendy Palen, associate professor of biology at Canada’s Simon Fraser University and board chair of the nonprofit Evidence for Democracy “Less than a month into the Trump presidency, and the forecast for science seems ominous. Scientists at federal agencies…

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces First Grants To Fund 47 Researchers

The Guardian: Ambitious Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to combat disease is about to be tested “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitious $3bn aim to ‘cure, prevent, and manage’ all disease in one generation is about to take shape in a $600m ‘Biohub’ in Silicon Valley. The project’s conceit, that encouraging audacious science…

Innovators Test Older Approaches For Development Of New Malaria Vaccine

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Innovation: Everything Old is New Again Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the work of Miguel Prudencio and his colleagues at Lisbon’s Instituto de Medicina Molecular, who are attempting to use an older approach to…

Perpetuation Of FGM Based On Cultural Evolution, Researchers Say; Understanding Could Be Important For Prevention Efforts

Agence France-Presse: Female genital cutting has ‘evolutionary’ drive: study “The widely condemned practice of ceremonial genital mutilation among girls and young women follows an evolutionary logic, according to a provocative study published Monday. Understanding this logic — which the researchers described as ‘cultural,’ not biological — may help fulfill the…

Civil Society Involvement Critical To TB Efforts, Addressing Stigma

The Guardian: Where is civil society in the fight against TB? Sophie Cousins, health writer “…[W]hy does [TB] not get the attention it warrants? Why is there so much stigma around TB? And where is the civil society movement that we saw with AIDS? When you contrast the extent of…

New Report Discusses Role Of, Recommendations For Science, Technology, Innovation At USAID

The Chicago Council: Guest Commentary: The Rise Of Science, Technology, And Innovation At USAID Julie Howard, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and dean for international studies and programs at Michigan State University, discusses recommendations from a new report on the role of science, technology, innovations,…

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