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Today's Headlines - 8/27/2014
Rarer flu 'could help with vaccine'
Rarer forms of flu may be the key to producing a vaccine that protects against many different strains, scientists believe.
'Holy grail' of flu vaccinations?
New research has found that exposure to rare and even deadly forms of influenza could be the key to creating a universal flu vaccine.
In CDC bird flu mix-up, U.S. agency cites sloppy science, failed reporting
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. government scientist working with bird flu rushed through lab procedures in order to get to a staff meeting, setting off what could have been a fatal mishap, health officials said on Friday. They said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab worker, who was not identified, allotted only about half the time necessary to carry out ...
Rarer forms of flu could help with vaccine
RESEARCH suggests immunisation against bird flu strains that don't usually threaten humans may provide the nearest thing yet to a "universal" flu vaccine.
Swine flu returns as Australia suffers through severe flu season: experts
Australia has seen a resurgence of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, with the virus accounting for the majority of reported influenza cases this year, experts have said.
CDC accidentally contaminated bird flu samples because scientist had to rush to a meeting
A government lab team discovered a potentially hazardous bird flu contamination issue and didn't report it until other scientists began to notice that something was off a full month later, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a report released today. First, one government scientist rushed through a procedure and, in the process, contaminated a tame strain of bird flu with ...
U.S. rolls back oversight of potentially dangerous experiments
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - As U.S. lawmakers investigate the anthrax and bird flu breaches at a federal laboratory, they have begun to question whether outside oversight of research using dangerous microbes is as independent as federal agencies claim.        They are scrutinizing the actions of the nation's leading biomedical research institute, the National Institutes of Health ...
Swine Flu Epidemic Hits Australia
In 2009, the World Health Organization classified the H1N1 strain of influenza, more commonly referred to as swine flu, as a Phase 6 pandemic, the highest rating possible for such a virus. Thankfully, the pandemic only lasted slightly longer than …
CDC report blames researcher's haste for bird flu virus mishandling
An investigation into the mistaken shipment of deadly bird flu virus from a government laboratory earlier this year found that a scientist took shortcuts to speed up the work and accidentally contaminated the samples, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.
Influenza H1N1 Virus Gene Replikins Found Conserved and Shared in Current Strains Back to 1918
LONDON, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- An analysis by Replikins, Ltd. of Pubmed data of the gene structures of all Influenza H1N1 virus strains has revealed extensive conservation and sharing of specific Replikin structures back to 1918.  This conservation and sharing of specific Replikin gene structures has permitted the formulation of a Synthetic Influenza H1N1 Blocker-Vaccine™ candidate, as it ...

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