Zika Vaccines Offer Full Protection to Monkeys

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), in collaboration with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, has completed a second round of preclinical studies on a promising Zika vaccine candidate and found it to completely protect rhesus monkeys from experimental infection with Zika virus. The Pilot Bioproduction Facility at WRAIR […]

Zika epidemic will end in three years, study suggests

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The current Zika epidemic is likely to end within three years because there will be too few people left to infect, a team of scientists is predicting. Writing in the journal Science, they said this could lead to a gap of 10 years before the next epidemic. The Imperial College London team created a model […]

Benign bacteria block mosquitoes from transmitting Zika virus

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have confirmed that a benign bacterium called Wolbachia pipientis can completely block transmission of Zika virus in Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species responsible for passing the virus to humans. A strain of Aedes aegypti mosquitos feed from a membrane of blood in Matthew Aliota’s research lab insectary. Credit: Jeff Miller […]

The FDA just approved the first human trials of a Zika vaccine

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first human tests of an experimental Zika virus vaccine, the makers of the drug announced on Monday. https://d1o50x50snmhul.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/f0127511-zika_virus_in_blood_illustration-spl-1200×800.jpg Called GLS–5700, the medication will be used in a clinical trial involving 40 healthy people, and represents the first major step towards ultimately immunising people against Zika […]

Zika: portable, rapid diagnostic test could reach clinical use in months

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A fast, portable test for Zika virus could be in the cards, according to a new study published in Cell, which details how a prototype device was able to accurately detect the virus in the blood and saliva of infected monkeys. Zika virus is primarily spread to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes […]

Can ‘sweaty billboard’ help fight Zika virus?

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A billboard that attracts and kills mosquitoes has been designed by marketing agencies in Brazil. The board releases a mixture of a lactic acid solution that mimics the smell of human sweat and carbon dioxide, which is in human breath.   The Mosquito Killer Billboard   Its inventors have released the blueprint for free and […]

Editing an End to Malaria?

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The promise, and possible perils, of a new genetic tool Flaminia Catteruccia, shown here in the insectary at Harvard’s school of public health, is plumbing the mysteries of mosquito sex. Photograph by Stu Rosner. At Harvard, experiments involving mosquito sex are the purview of Flaminia Catteruccia, director of the insectary at the Harvard Chan School of […]