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Research Institutions Will Have To Identify 'Dual-Use' Pathogens

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Any research institution that receives federal funding will soon have to screen certain kinds of scientific experiments to see if the work could potentially be misused to endanger the public.

The new policy will take effect next year, and it's the latest effort by the U. S. government to come ...


Could Ebola Become As Contagious As The Flu?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Currently, Ebola is known to spread only through contact with body fluids. Some people have worried that Ebola could start spreading through the air. But scientists say that's not likely.


Health Officials Hope To Speed Up Possible Ebola Cures

Friday, September 05, 2014

The World Health Organization is holding a special meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss how to fast-track the development of experimental therapies and vaccines to combat the Ebola outbreak.


The Latest Word From WHO On Experimental Ebola Therapies

Friday, September 05, 2014

One of the reasons Ebola is so terrifying is that there's no vaccine and no cure. But the World Health Organization hopes to change that, with plans to quickly test experimental products during this outbreak.

By November, two promising vaccines will have been tested on people to see if they're ...


How Much Bigger Is The Ebola Outbreak Than Official Reports Show?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The World Health Organization says the official number of Ebola cases and deaths may "vastly underestimate" the scale of the outbreak. So how bad is it really?

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A Virtual Outbreak Offers Hints Of Ebola's Future

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, it is also unfolding — in a virtual sense — inside the computers of scientists trying to predict how far the outbreak will spread and when it will end.


Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.


Ethics Panel Endorses The Use Of Experimental Drugs To Slow Ebola

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A panel convened by the World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental drugs and vaccines to combat the Ebola outbreak, so long as certain conditions are met.


The World Health Organization Says Yes To An Experimental Ebola Drug

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A panel of experts convened by the World Health Organization has unanimously endorsed the idea of offering unproven vaccines or treatments to help combat the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

This outbreak is unusual not just because it has spread to four countries and involves so many people, says ...


Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's been tough to identify the problems that only turn up after medicines are on the market. An experimental project is now combing through data to get earlier, more accurate warnings.


The Little Spacecraft That Couldn't

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A team of volunteer space cowboys may have to say goodbye to ISEE-3 and to their dream of reviving for a final mission the creaky, 36-year-old hardware. Failed tests Wednesday suggest a fuel problem.


As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A gung-ho group of space enthusiasts has started the process of putting a vintage NASA spacecraft on a new flight path, so that this venerable piece of hardware will be able to do useful science once again.

The old spacecraft, called ISEE-3, launched back in August 1978. Its original ...


A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Unrelated lineages of electric fish all use the same small set of genes to create their voltage, a genetic search shows. Maybe the same genes could one day power pacemakers, bioengineers suggest.


How To Become A Neanderthal: Chew Before Thinking

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The strong jawline and pronounced teeth of of Neanderthals likely evolved before their large braincase, scientists say. The evidence? A treasure of bones recovered from a single cave in Spain.


Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Museums are filled with dead insects, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles meticulously gathered worldwide in the name of scientific discovery. But some researchers now say scientists should think twice.


Big Flightless Birds Come From High-Flying Ancestors

Thursday, May 22, 2014

We're sure glad ostriches and emus don't fly. But DNA evidence now suggests their small ancestors flew to each continent, where they evolved independently into giants with stubby wings.


Why This Octopus Isn't Stuck-Up

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Some chemical in octopus skin acts as a repellent to the little suction cups on the arms, a surprise finding shows. Without it, the eight-armed creature would tie itself in knots.


'Past The Point Of No Return:' An Antarctic Ice Sheet's Slow Collapse

Monday, May 12, 2014

NASA held a press conference to discuss the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its potential contribution to future sea level rise. The researchers announced that the ice s...


Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

DNA's instructions are written in a code of four molecular "letters," labeled A, C, T and G. For the first time, researchers have created and inserted two brand-new letters into a living cell.


Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Questions are swirling around a science journal's decision last year to publish a description of a newly discovered botulinum toxin while omitting key genetic details that researchers would normally disclose.

The unusual case highlights important unresolved issues in how to balance scientific openness with the worry that biological information ...