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Newswise: Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered
Released: 20-Feb-2020 11:50 AM EST
Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered
University of Utah

The study documented the earliest known interbreeding event between ancient human populations— a group known as the “super-archaics” in Eurasia interbred with a Neanderthal-Denisovan ancestor about 700,000 years ago. The event was between two populations more distantly related than any other recorded.

Newswise: Researchers Show How Ebola Virus Hijacks Host Lipids
Released: 12-Feb-2020 12:30 PM EST
Researchers Show How Ebola Virus Hijacks Host Lipids
Biophysical Society

Robert Stahelin studies some of the world’s deadliest viruses. Filoviruses, including Ebola virus and Marburg virus, cause viral hemorrhagic fever with high fatality rates. Stahelin, professor at Purdue University, examines how these viruses take advantage of human host cells.

Released: 12-Feb-2020 2:40 PM EST
Study measures consumers’ demands for cassava
Cornell University

Cornell University researchers analyzed farmer preferences and found that the softness of cooked cassava is a major influence on what kinds of varieties farmers actually adopt.

Released: 10-Feb-2020 4:55 PM EST
Three-year, $1.35 million grant to aid mental health programming in western Kenya
Indiana University

The Astellas Global Health Foundation has awarded the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), under the direction of the Indiana University Center for Global Health, a three-year, $1.35 million grant to provide 400,000 people with access to mental health programming in western Kenya.

Released: 7-Feb-2020 4:10 PM EST
Discovery Paves Path Forward in the Fight Against the Deadliest Form of Malaria
University of Utah Health

Scientists have identified a key molecule involved in the development of cerebral malaria, a deadly form of the tropical disease. Further, they defined a potential drug target and way forward in alleviating this condition for which few targeted treatments are available.

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Released: 22-Jan-2020 2:20 PM EST
Nature Study: First Ancient DNA from West Africa Illuminates the Deep Human Past
Saint Louis University

The research team sequenced DNA from four children buried 8,000 and 3,000 years ago at Shum Laka in Cameroon, a site excavated by a Belgian and Cameroonian team 30 years ago. The findings, “Ancient West African foragers in the context of African population history," published Jan. 22 in Nature, represent the first ancient DNA from West or Central Africa, and some of the oldest DNA recovered from an African tropical context.

Newswise: First Ancient DNA from West and Central Africa Illuminates Deep Human Past
Released: 17-Jan-2020 1:00 PM EST
First Ancient DNA from West and Central Africa Illuminates Deep Human Past
Harvard Medical School

An international team led by Harvard Medical School scientists has produced the first genome-wide ancient human DNA sequences from west and central Africa.

Newswise: Community-based counselors help mitigate grief, stress among children orphaned in East Africa
Released: 22-Jan-2020 12:20 PM EST
Community-based counselors help mitigate grief, stress among children orphaned in East Africa
University of Washington

A University of Washington-led clinical trial involving more than 600 children in Kenya and Tanzania, in which community members were trained to deliver mental health treatment, showed improvement in participants’ trauma-related symptoms up to a year after receiving therapy.



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