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Antibodies from plants protect against anthrax

...enable authorities to treat individuals exposed to bioterror agents such as anthrax," says Les Baillie of the Naval Medical Research Center. Dr. Baillie, who is also associated with the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, conducted his research in collaboration with Dr. Vidadi Yusibov, Director of ...

Secret of smallpox's success may lead to bioterror cure

...elves ?and protect the public against catastrophic bioterror attacks. And if he is correct, Jacobs may not only be able to create a vaccine that can cure smallpox infections in their early stages, but he may also have a powerful tool for fighting a host of other viral pathogens, including HIV. Jacobs has rec...

Discovery could be key to bioterrorism defense

...mic threats, we worry about their potential use as bioterror agents," stated Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the arm of NIH that funded the research, in an NIH news release. "This work, funded through our biodefense research program, is a major ste...

New NIAID grants strengthen national biodefense and emerging infectious diseases research network

...ers that conducts research to counter threats from bioterror agents and emerging infectious diseases. Each inst... attacks, the United States has been at risk for a bioterror attack. With these grants, a key element of our strategic plan to counter bioterrorism and emerging ...

The bioweapon is in the post

...ncovered by a New Scientist investigation into the bioterror risks posed by the booming business of gene synthe...creened orders for DNA sequences that might pose a bioterror threat. Of the 12 companies that replied, just five said they screen every sequence received. Four s...

Human trial proves ricin vaccine safe, induces neutralizing antibodies; further tests planned

...nt vaccine for the deadly toxin ricin ?a potential bioterror threat ?and the results indicate the vaccine is safe and effective in eliciting ricin-neutralizing antibodies, the UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report. The nearly year-long pilot study involved three groups of five volunteers each. Ind...

Mice studies illustrate potential of chimp/human antibodies to protect against smallpox

...g smallpox disease in 1980. However, concerns of a bioterror attack involving the highly contagious and fatal v... to develop effective measures against a potential bioterror attack involving the deadly smallpox virus," says NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. "It is imper...

How can we protect patients with weakened immune systems from influenza?

...t has never been known to have been developed as a bioterror weapon, the influenza virus may be relatively easy to manipulate for such purposes in a laboratory ?which is why the federal government is funding medical research to improve defenses against flu. Dr. Sullivan looks to broader and longer-term benefi...

New method for identifying microbes

...nd distinguishing harmless bacteria from potential bioterror weapons. "Microbial communities are enormously di...ssible applications for identifying agents used in bioterror attacks, the technique also clearly discriminated between closely related strains of Bacillus cereus...

Smooth sailing: 'cruise ship virus' tackled by UH, Baylor College of Medicine

...upport research focused on countering threats from bioterror agents and emerging infectious diseases. Each is comprised of a consortium of universities and complementary research institutions serving a specific geographical region. UH and the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) are part of region VI, encompassi...

Study finds the air rich with bacteria

...elp explain temporal spikes, which is important in bioterror surveillance," adds Eoin Brodie, also with Berkele...ally potent bacterium is a possible candidate as a bioterror weapon. But it's also very common. Tularemia has been reported in all U.S. states except Hawaii. Thi...

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