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New Malaria Vaccine Reflects the Pioneering Efforts of Researchers From NYU Langone Medical Center

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When the European Medicines Agency recommended to approve what could be the world’s first licensed vaccine against malaria, it reflected the life’s work of Ruth and Victor Nussenzweig, whose research over the past half-century against malaria has brought them international acclaim – and which contributed greatly to this latest breakthrough.

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Penn Researchers Devise New Approach for Making Vaccines for Deadly Diseases

Researchers have devised an entirely new approach to vaccines – creating immunity without vaccination. They demonstrated that animals injected with synthetic DNA engineered to encode a specific neutralizing antibody against the dengue virus were capable of producing the exact antibodies necessary to protect against disease, without the need for standard antigen-based vaccination. This approach, was rapid, protecting animals within a week of administration.

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A Novel Toxin – and the First Ever Found – for a Deadly Pathogen, M. tuberculosis

Michael Niederweis of the University of Alabama at Birmingham describes the first known toxin of the pathogenic bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This necrotizing toxin is the founding member of a novel class of previously unrecognized toxins present in 246 bacterial and fungal species.

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Vaccine With Virus-Like Nanoparticles Effective Treatment For RSV, Study Finds

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A vaccine containing virus-like nanoparticles, or microscopic, genetically engineered particles, is an effective treatment for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), according to researchers at Georgia State University.

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Texas A&M Entities Helping Understand, Monitor Chagas Disease

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To keep both animals and humans protected from Chagas disease, Texas A&M University System entities have been studying the parasite-host-vector interaction at sites in South Central Texas.

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On-Chip Processor the First Step in Point-of-Care Asthma and Tuberculosis Diagnostics

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A device to mix liquids utilizing ultrasonics is the first and most difficult component in a miniaturized system for low-cost analysis of sputum from patients with pulmonary diseases such as tuberculosis and asthma.

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#Ebola vaccine trail results "extremely positive", says Prof Andrew Easton, a virologist at the University of Warwick, UK

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Evolutionary War Between Microorganisms Affecting Human Health, IU Biologist Says

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Health experts have warned for years that the overuse of antibiotics is creating “superbugs” able to resist drugs treating infection. Now scientists at Indiana University and elsewhere are finding evidence that an invisible war between microorganisms may also be catching humans in the crossfire.

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First Smartphone DNA Test for Chlamydia to Be Presented at 2015 AACC Annual Meeting

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At the 2015 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, researchers will present findings that a first-of-its-kind smartphone test for chlamydia can detect the disease with high accuracy, which could reduce the prevalence of this sexually transmitted disease (STD) by making chlamydia screening easier and cheaper.