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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In the United States, more than one million people are infected with HIV, with an estimated 50,000 newly diagnosed each year. While African Americans make up only 12-14 percent of the U.S. population they account for nearly half (44 percent) of all the new HIV infections in the U.S. (CDC). Today, as the United States observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we’d like to take a look at some of the scientific advancements made in Read More >

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Genetically Modified Cattle With Human DNA Might Hold Ebola Cure

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Maggie Fox reported for NBC news on exciting research taking place in Sioux Falls, S.D. to combat the Ebola virus with the help of genetically modified cattle: On a farm outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a herd of cloned, genetically engineered cattle are busy incubating antibodies against the Ebola virus. Researchers hope the cattle – which certainly don’t look like anything special – will produce gallons of blood plasma that could be used to treat Read More >

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Op-Ed in Forbes on the Threat to Philanthropy

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This week, Howard Husock extols the benefits of venture philanthropy through this Forbes op-ed. In the op-ed, Husock points out that private entities conduct a significant portion of applied research toward new drug development as referenced in this 2008 Manhattan Institute paper, “The Truth About Drug Innovation”, co-authored by two researchers from the Tufts University Center for the Study of Drug Development, and Institute Fellow Benjamin Zycher: “. . .among. . . thirty-five drugs and Read More >

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Bavarian Nordic CEO Paul Chaplin in San Jose Mercury News: Why an Ebola Vaccine Still Matters

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The San Jose Mercury News this weekend published an op-ed by Paul Chaplin, the CEO of Bavarian Nordic and a co-chair of the Alliance for Biosecurity which discussed the continuing need to develop an Ebola vaccine – as well as continued federal investments in the programs which fund such research. As Dr. Chaplin notes, all of the Ebola drug and vaccine candidates currently in development have received U.S. federal funding. Why do medical countermeasures against Read More >

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CDC: It’s Not Too Late to Get This Season’s Flu Vaccine

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Politico Pro’s Brett Norman today writes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to encourage the public to get the flu vaccine since hospitalizations related to the flu are on the rise. The article states that flu-related hospitalizations of those over 65 jumped to 92 per 100,000 this week, up from 52 last week. “The fact that this season’s flu vaccine is poorly matched with the dominant strains circulating makes it more Read More >

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