Navigation Links
Scientists aim to thwart use of flu as bioweapon

Flu is already a big killer, responsible for more than 35,000 deaths in the United States alone each year. And wild birds infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu are gradually broadening the scope of that disease. This week in Rochester, scientists are discussing ways to better understand the flu and also how to prevent the possibility that terrorists could somehow modify flu as a bioweapon to make it even more lethal than it is already.

Among the highlights of this week's two-day symposium, hosted by the University of Rochester Center for Biodefense Immune Modeling, is a lecture by Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty, Ph.D., an expert on how flu spurs the immune system to defend itself against the infection. Doherty's technical talk on the roles of specific types of T-cells in influenza will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Rochester Marriott Airport Hotel on West Ridge Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.

During the symposium Thursday and Friday, University of Rochester experts in mathematics, statistics, immunology, and infectious diseases will join with colleagues from around the nation to discuss exactly how flu invades the body, how the body responds, and how mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists are working to help understand the pathogenesis of flu infection. The group will also talk about the potential of flu to be intentionally modified for use as a lethal weapon more deadly than bird flu, and ways to prevent that from happening.

"Flu viruses are deadly ?witness the 1918 Spanish flu which killed millions of people ?and with modification, they can be made even more deadly," said Hulin Wu, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology and director of the modeling center. Wu's colleague, Martin Zand, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the center, added that "We don't know whether flu will be weaponized; it's crucial to ask the question and to be prepared."

The f
'"/>

Source:University of Rochester Medical Center


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Scientists ID molecular switch in liver that triggers harmful effects of saturated and trans fats
2. Scientists Replicate Hepatitis C Virus in Laboratory
3. Scientists detect probable genetic cause of some Parkinsons disease cases
4. Scientists find missing enzyme for tuberculosis iron scavenging pathway
5. Scientists seek answers on what activates deadly anthrax spores
6. Yale Scientists Find MicroRNA Regulates Ras Cancer Gene
7. Scientists collaborate to assess health of global environment
8. Scientists decipher genome of fungus that can cause life-threatening infections
9. Scientists discover the cellular roots of graying hair
10. Scientists rid stem cell culture of key animal cells
11. Scientists develop new color-coded test for protein folding
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Scientists aim thwart use flu bioweapon

(Date:12/19/2014)... Dec. 18, 2014 Research and Markets ... of the "iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor - ... report to their offering. ... of AuthenTec in July 2012, Apple introduced the ... is currently the only device of Apple incorporating ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... 2014 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/86ncd6/micro_market ... Market Monitor: North America Perimeter Security Systems Market" ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 The North American perimeter security ... 3.6% from 2014 to 2019. Although the U.S. market ... Canada is expected to grow at a ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... 2014  23andMe, Inc., the leading personal genetics company, ... fine-scale differences in genetic ancestry of individuals from across ... Since immigrants first arrived more than four hundred years ... served as a meeting place for peoples from different ... ongoing mixing of peoples with African, European, and American ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor - Apple/AuthenTec TMDR92 & Sapphire - Technology Report 2Micro Market Monitor: North America Perimeter Security Systems Market (Intrusion Detection Sensor, Video Surveillance, Communication/Alarm and Notification, Access Control System) 2Micro Market Monitor: North America Perimeter Security Systems Market (Intrusion Detection Sensor, Video Surveillance, Communication/Alarm and Notification, Access Control System) 323andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 223andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 323andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 4
... -- Look out, Indiana Jones. Dan Shain ... to frozen glaciers and the steamy Amazon planned, all ... cinematic icon, Shain, an associate professor of biology at ... returns home with treasure. He,s mined for ice ...
... Western Reserve University have developed a technique that has ... within hours, as opposed to the two days it ... mice, drug delivery time from injection to the cancer ... Using this as a model for potential human use, ...
... is a significant challenge for researchers. That challenge is prompting ... that data and to make it readily available. The ... Disease has created a new collaboration tool, WikiPathways to focus ... "Biological pathways connect genes and proteins in systems that ...
Cached Biology News:Rutgers biologist to study worms in Amazon, glaciers 2Cancer drug delivery research at Case Western Reserve University cuts time from days to hours 2Cancer drug delivery research at Case Western Reserve University cuts time from days to hours 3Gladstone scientists create Wikipathways to foster research collaboration 2
(Date:12/19/2014)... BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy (BioPlus), one of ... Nick Maroulis, Pharm.D. to the newly created position of ... this position, Dr. Maroulis will continue to manage the ... our multi-site pharmacies as the company expands. Dr. Maroulis ... time he has served in many different capacities in ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... , Dec. 19, 2014 Research and Markets ... addition of the "Technology Innovations in Smart ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ... Smart Fabrics" offers a detailed assessment on technological ... Key Findings: 1. The Smart ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... (PRWEB) December 18, 2014 Reports from ... the United States suffer from one or more chronic ... or cancer. Medication can address some of these diseases, ... activities that many sufferers face. While implanted nerve stimulation ... stimulate the whole nerve, which can induce side effects. ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... , Dec. 18, 2014  Decision Resources Group finds ... biomaterial market will grow moderately through 2023 as the ... growing awareness of dental biomaterials all spur procedure volumes. ... as China and ... dental procedures within reach for a larger proportion of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Promotes Dr. Nick Maroulis to Vice President of Specialty Pharmacy Services 2Technology Innovations in Smart Fabrics (Technical Insights) 2Draper Wins GSK Funding for Smaller, Smarter Implantable Devices 2Asia Pacific Dental Biomaterial Market Will Grow Strongly Through 2023 2Asia Pacific Dental Biomaterial Market Will Grow Strongly Through 2023 3
... FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 30 OmniComm Systems, Inc. ... capture (EDC) solutions for clinical trials announced today that a ... provide eClinical solutions in connection with two of the CRO,s ... 700 subjects. Additional details were not disclosed. Phase IV studies ...
... , RALEIGH, N.C. , July 30 SmartGene, ... of genetic data, today announced that it has entered into an ... technology and integrated Web-based services to support more rapid and precise ... , Some bacteria and fungi do not grow quickly ...
... 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Medicago Inc. (TSX-V: MDG) a biotechnology ... based on proprietary manufacturing technologies and Virus-Like Particles (VLPs), ... with its vaccine candidate for the Influenza A (H1N1) ... a single dose of 5 micrograms induced a positive ...
Cached Biology Technology:Growing Midwestern Clinical Research Organization Selects OmniComm Systems to Provide eClinical Solutions for Phase IV Studies 2SmartGene's Services for Faster, More Precise Identification of Bacteria and Fungi to be Used by The Johns Hopkins Hospital 2Medicago's H1N1 pandemic vaccine candidate shows positive response in 100% of vaccinated animals after a single dose 2Medicago's H1N1 pandemic vaccine candidate shows positive response in 100% of vaccinated animals after a single dose 3
... This antibody is generated from rabbits immunized ... within aa 50~150 of human PLAU. Purified ... 0.09% (W/V) sodium azide. This antibody is ... eluted out with both high and low ...
... is a compact, lightweight, high current power supply ... 2500 milliamps. It is an excellent choice for ... It is also ideal for all types of ... set to automatically end a run and wil ...
... For use in Refrigerated Vapor Trap ... Vacuum Source (UVS) Models UVS400, UVS400A and ... polymer suitable for use for temperatures ranging ... has excellent thermal stability and does not ...
... proteomics demands the detection of very small ... the AXIMA-CFRplus with improved resolution (20,000) and ... increased confidence in protein identification. The AXIMA-CFRplus ... automated sample target handling and the ability ...
Biology Products: