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With genetic testing, I gave my parents the gift of divorce - Vox

Tue, 2014-09-09 11:55

With genetic testing, I gave my parents the gift of divorce
Vox
EDITOR'S NOTE: "George Doe" is an American biologist who used the direct-to-consumer genetic testingservice 23andMe as part of a course he was teaching on the genome — and made a surprising discovery about his family in the process. All the names and ...

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Ebola 'vaccine': Monkeys given long-term protection by immunisation - The Independent

Tue, 2014-09-09 07:46

The Independent

Ebola 'vaccine': Monkeys given long-term protection by immunisation
The Independent
Human trials for the experimental jab are underway at the National Institutes of Health in the United States, raising the prospect that the vaccine can be used to help resolve the current Ebola crisis in West Africa. NIH's monkey studies show that a ...
Ebola vaccine research moving fastCBS News
Ebola Vaccine Protects MacaquesScientist (blog)
Experimental Ebola vaccine protects monkeys for 10 monthsFox News
NHS Choices -ABC News -AllAfrica.com
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Ebola Map May Help Stop Future Outbreaks - AllAfrica.com

Tue, 2014-09-09 07:20

Ebola Map May Help Stop Future Outbreaks
AllAfrica.com
Oxford University scientists have developed a map of areas where animals are likely to be infected with the Ebola virus and they say it's a first step toward predicting where future outbreaks might occur. Scientists said the current Ebola outbreak in ...

US Africa Command's “Humanitarian” Activities Designed to “Facilitate Military ... - Center for Research on Globalization

Mon, 2014-09-08 14:32

Center for Research on Globalization

US Africa Command's “Humanitarian” Activities Designed to “Facilitate Military ...
Center for Research on Globalization
Veterinary training assistance in Garissa, Kenya. And in this country on the east coast of Africa, work on both primary and secondary schools and a cistern to provide clean water. These are all-American good works, but who is doing them — and why?

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Ebola map shows people in more African regions risk infection from animals - Reuters

Mon, 2014-09-08 14:07

Reuters

Ebola map shows people in more African regions risk infection from animals
Reuters
The new map, published on Monday as the death toll in the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the world's largest, stood at almost 2,100, found that large swathes of central Africa as well as the western part of the continent have traits of what the scientists ...
Ebola map shows people in more African regions at risk of animal infectionYahoo News
Ebola: More African regions at risk of animal infectionMail & Guardian Online
Ebola Map May Help Stop Future OutbreaksVoice of America
New York Daily News
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Ebola: More African regions at risk of animal infection - Mail & Guardian Online

Mon, 2014-09-08 13:58

Ebola: More African regions at risk of animal infection
Mail & Guardian Online
Scientists have created the newest map of places most at risk of an Ebola outbreak and say regions likely to be home to animals harbouring the virus are more widespread than previously feared, particularly in West Africa. Understanding better where ...

UNM science attacks locusts in Africa - KRQE News 13

Mon, 2014-09-08 12:55

UNM science attacks locusts in Africa
KRQE News 13
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – You might not expect medical doctors to be involved in killing locusts in Africa, but that's exactly what UNM Medical School's Dr. Ravi Durvasula and eighth-year medical school student Adam Forshaw are doing. Their work has ...

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Ebola map shows people in more African regions at risk of animal infection - Yahoo News

Mon, 2014-09-08 12:33

Voice of America

Ebola map shows people in more African regions at risk of animal infection
Yahoo News
LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters)- Scientists have created the newest map of places most at risk of an Ebola outbreak and say regions likely to be home to animals harbouring the virus are more widespread than previously feared, particularly in West Africa.
Ebola Map May Help Stop Future OutbreaksVoice of America
Area of Ebola Risk From Animals Bigger Than Thought: ResearchNDTV
New Ebola map shows where people are most at risk for infectionNew York Daily News

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Invading ant threatens unique African ecosystem - Science AAAS

Mon, 2014-09-08 07:23

Science AAAS

Invading ant threatens unique African ecosystem
Science AAAS
Call it Game of Thorns. A prickly tree that grows in the clay-rich soils of East Africa recruits stinging ants to defend itself from gnawing giraffes and marauding bull elephants. In return, the trees provide nectar and shelter—swollen thorns—for the ...

Study finds Ebola vaccine works but needs booster - Boston Globe

Mon, 2014-09-08 04:06

The Independent

Study finds Ebola vaccine works but needs booster
Boston Globe
WASHINGTON — New research shows that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection in monkeys, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way. Some healthy people are rolling up their sleeves at ...
A vaccine for Ebola? Monkeys given long-term protection by immunisationThe Independent
Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs boosterWRAL.com

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Obesity rates stabilize in US, drop slightly for adults in Oregon -- science ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

Sun, 2014-09-07 13:34

Obesity rates stabilize in US, drop slightly for adults in Oregon -- science ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Meanwhile, in actual science news, here's the kind of thing that makes me stop and say, "WHAAAAAAT?!*" Scientists from the University of Copehagen report on mushroom-shaped sea organisms that are defying classification in one of two animal phyla ...

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Guatemala Rejects US Trade Law Protecting Monsanto and GMOs - Center for Research on Globalization

Sun, 2014-09-07 12:45

Guatemala Rejects US Trade Law Protecting Monsanto and GMOs
Center for Research on Globalization
Under its terms, signatories are obliged to sign up to the International Convention for the Protection of New Plant Varieties — exactly the same one that was being foisted on Africa last year. However, as bilaterals.org reports, despite that ...

Protalix shares jump on report of possible Ebola drug technology - Reuters

Sun, 2014-09-07 10:46

Protalix shares jump on report of possible Ebola drug technology
Reuters
Scientists also reported last month that, in a trial, all 18 of a group of lab monkeys infected with the deadly virus recovered after being treated with ZMapp. In the Channel 2 report, the head scientist at Protalix said the company can genetically ...

Is this the end of the 'war on trees'? UN members pledge to restore woodland ... - The Independent

Sun, 2014-09-07 08:03

The Independent

Is this the end of the 'war on trees'? UN members pledge to restore woodland ...
The Independent
Recent research has added rainfall creation to the list of "eco-system services" provided by trees, such as removing carbon from the air, storing and purifying water, maintaining soil quality and providing a rich habitat. "A lot of these services are ...

Grow-in-the-dark plants could spark the next Green Revolution - USA TODAY

Sat, 2014-09-06 13:00

USA TODAY

Grow-in-the-dark plants could spark the next Green Revolution
USA TODAY
Scientists have mapped and manipulated the phytochrome's structure, aiming to alter the conditions under which plants grow and develop. Eventually, they want to ... The resulting increase in food demand could require an additional 120 million hectares ...

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Grow-in-the-Dark Plants: The Next Green Revolution? - OZY

Sat, 2014-09-06 06:13

OZY

Grow-in-the-Dark Plants: The Next Green Revolution?
OZY
Scientists have mapped and manipulated the phytochrome's structure. Now they hope to ... The resulting increase in food demand could require an additional 120 million hectares of agricultural land by 2030 — a farm the size of South Africa — while ...

The Changing Face Of West Africa Has Fueled The Ebola Crisis - WSHU

Fri, 2014-09-05 21:54

NBCNews.com

The Changing Face Of West Africa Has Fueled The Ebola Crisis
WSHU
"If we just take a look at this current Ebola outbreak, the virus hasn't changed, Africa has changed," says Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. "We now have this virus ...
UMd. doc, professor work on Ebola vaccine in AfricaWBAL Baltimore

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Test Ebola treatments to be rushed to West Africa - Science News (blog)

Fri, 2014-09-05 21:25

Aljazeera.com

Test Ebola treatments to be rushed to West Africa
Science News (blog)
Five to 10 experimental drugs that have shown success in animal tests could also go to West Africa for use in clinics there, skipping the usual safety tests in healthy people. “What is available will be used in the field to treat real patients as soon ...
Ebola: What hope for a cure?Aljazeera.com
US Expediting Zmapp Production, Contracts Services Drug ProducerAllAfrica.com
The Latest Word From WHO On Experimental Ebola Therapiesideastream
GlobalPost
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Animal Feed Made from Maggots Might Save the World - Munchies_ Food by VICE

Fri, 2014-09-05 18:27

Animal Feed Made from Maggots Might Save the World
Munchies_ Food by VICE
Elaine Fitches: The PROteINSECT project is focused on the potential of insect protein as an animal feed ingredient. We're evaluating whether fly protein is suitable for use in pig, poultry, and fish feed. Focusing our research on the house fly (Musca ...

WSU scientist searches for seeds of success - Capital Press

Fri, 2014-09-05 17:34

WSU scientist searches for seeds of success
Capital Press
A scientist who investigates diseases that afflict vegetables in northwest Washington grew up in a large city in South Africa uninterested in plants. Lindsey du Toit was attracted to biology, however. And as a ... Lindsey is one of those scientists who ...