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Faulty Modeling Studies Led to Overstated Predictions of Ebola Outbreak

Frequently used approaches to understanding and forecasting emerging epidemics—including the West African Ebola outbreak—can lead to big errors that mask their own presence, according to a University of Michigan ecologist and his colleagues.

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HIV Patients Experience Better Kidney Transplant Outcomes than Hepatitis C Patients

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)-positive kidney transplant patients experienced superior outcomes when compared to kidney transplant patients with Hepatitis C and those infected with both HIV and Hepatitis C, according to a study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and published online in Kidney International.

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Mount Sinai Scientists Establish Link Between Neurodegenerative Disease and the Body’s Response to Viral Infection

A key protein previously implicated in Lou Gehrig’s disease and other neurological diseases plays an important role in the response to viral infection

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Upstate Medical University Study Discovers New Information on Climate Drivers of Dengue Fever

Researchers at Upstate Medical University, in collaboration with a team of international investigators studying dengue fever, have discovered new information on climate drivers of the disease and social risk factors that may be contributing to its spread.

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Survey of Salmonella Species in Staten Island Zoo’s Snakes

To better understand the variety of Salmonella species harbored by captive reptiles, Staten Island Zoo has teamed up with the microbiology department at Wagner College.

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To Survive, a Parasite Mixes and Matches Its Disguises, Study Suggests

Researchers found an unexpected diversity of protein coats within populations of Trypanosoma brucei, challenging the conventional understanding of the dynamics that allow the parasite to persist.

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Researchers Master Gene Editing Technique in Mosquito That Transmits Deadly Diseases

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Rockefeller University researchers have successfully harnessed a technique, CRISPR-Cas9 editing, to use in an important and understudied species, the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

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Genetic Mutation Helps Explain Why, in Rare Cases, Flu Can Kill

A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital even while their family and friends recover easily. New research from Rockefeller University helps explain why: a rare genetic mutation that prevents the production of a critical protein, interferon, that is needed to fight off the virus.

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Ebola Whole Virus Vaccine Shown Effective, Safe in Primates

An Ebola whole virus vaccine, constructed using a novel experimental platform, has been shown to effectively protect monkeys exposed to the often fatal virus. The vaccine, described today (March 26, 2015) in the journal Science, was developed by a group led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a University of Wisconsin-Madison expert on avian influenza, Ebola and other viruses of medical importance.