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A much-needed shot in the arm for HIV vaccine development

...globalHIV/AIDS pandemic.""Being from the continent worst hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic that hasclaimed more than twenty million lives and wiped out decades ofdevelopment gains," said Pascoal Mocumbi, "I do believe that thisscientific strategic plan will not only accelerate the development of alifesaving HIV...

The secret lives of whales

...s),?says Payne, “What we are working on may be the worst public health crisis that humanity has ever faced. That’s because 70% of all humanity (4.2 billion people) depends on seafood as its primary source of animal protein, and if the fish are seriously polluted, they may soon be unsafe to eat.?/p> Pay...

Scientists discuss improved biopesticides for locust control in West Africa

...als are calling the infestation in West Africa the worst in 18 years. The pests invaded the region last summer, affecting millions of acres of farmland. The locusts are in recession now because they do not breed in the dry season, but when the annual spring rains begin, they are expected to return. Partic...

No relief for Pacific Northwest drought

...r that could be unusually severe and generally the worst of any area in the nation. Wet weather has recently predominated in the Southwest, Central and Atlantic coast regions of the United States. As a result, 2005 should be a fairly mild fire season in most areas of the nation. But the same forecasts fo...

Different microarray systems more alike than previously thought

...g the two-color long oligonucleotide array had the worst overall performance. But with the exception of that one lab, the results among platforms were in general agreement and the quality of expensive and inexpensive platforms was similar across the board. The researchers also note that although the techn...

First technology to remove prions that cause vCJD from blood launched

... should hope for the best, we must prepare for the worst and take every measure available today to safeguard the blood supply. Pall Corporation developed the Leukotrap Affinity Prion filter to help blood authorities around the world stop the transmission of prions as part of the Company's mission to ensur...

Genetic therapy reverses nervous system damage in animal model of inherited human disease

... live more than six months. Children born with the worst form of the disease rarely survive into their teens. "Through gene therapy, we replace a 'broken' gene responsible for alpha-mannosidase with the correct, functioning copy, to dramatic results," said John H. Wolfe, a professor of pathology and medic...

Study uncovers bacteria's worst enemy

...lerance for radionuclides. In fact, the bacteria's worst enemy in a nuclear waste site may not be the radioactive elements, but rather, the other toxic metals that might also be found at the site. The study also shows that contrary to the conventional wisdom, when it comes to these environmental bacteria,...

Currents could disrupt ocean food chain

...ing to a new study just published in Nature. In a worst case scenario, global productivity of phytoplankton could decrease by as much as 20 percent and in some areas, such as the North Atlantic, the loss could hit 50 percent. The study was conducted by Andreas Schmittner, an assistant professor in the Col...

Proteomics brings researchers closer to understanding microbes that produce acid mine drainage

...es and pathways that can help clean up some of the worst environmental sites in the nation. This underscores the value of basic research carried out by the DOE Genomics:GTL Program that can develop novel approaches and solutions to national challenges." Banfield is continuing her studies of the Richmond M...

ORNL, UC Berkeley unravel real-world clues to Earth's mysteries

...es and pathways that can help clean up some of the worst environmental sites in the nation. This underscores the value of basic research carried out by the DOE Genomics: Genomes to Life program that can develop novel approaches and solutions to national challenges." Hettich said their results would not ha...

Malaria killing a million a year

...e disease effectively in the 82 countries with the worst burdens, the agencies say. Nonetheless, in the last three years, the number of insecticide-treated bed nets distributed across Africa had increased 10-fold. "Money is not the whole answer. Many developing countries, African countries in particular,...

Study shows eutrophic lakes may not recover for a millennium

...omorrow. It would have water quality as bad as the worst lakes in the world." Lakes that are that highly eutrophic, Carpenter notes, have a higher incidence of toxic algae blooms, which would make the lake unfit for swimming or exposure to domestic animals and pets. "And the odor cannot be underestimated...

Carnegie Mellon cyLab researchers work to develop new red tide monitoring

...ns if ingested through unmanaged shellfish. On the worst days, the irritating vapors from red tide algae or the noxious smell from the rotting carcasses of poisoned fish linger along the coast, impacting tourism. Nationwide, all forms of red tide algae cause commercial fisheries to lose $18 million a year...

Techniques available to detect soil that inhibits destructive soybean pest

...radually causes progressively lower yields and the worst cases result in yellow and stunted soybean plants. Plants with severe, visible damage can occur in patches in highly infested fields. There are no pesticides that will eradicate soybean cyst nematode, which also preys on other legumes and some grass...

Hunger in America rises by 43 percent over last five years

...the nation is Oregon. Once considered to have the worst hunger in the country, Oregon has shown significant decreases in food insecurity and hunger since 1999-2001. "With this astonishing level of food deprivation in America," Brown concluded, "we need President Bush to step up to the plate. If he now a...

Researcher says flu responders can learn from 1918 epidemic

... neighborhoods. It represented, Higgins said, the worst case scenario, with dead bodies piling up outside of police stations and others dumped into trench graves. "Obviously, not every city had the same experience," Higgins said. "There were really no successes. You could only talk about degrees of failu...

A new link between stem cells and tumors

...hey are identical, they divide quickly, and in the worst case ?metastasize ?they wander through the body and implant themselves in new tissues. Specialized cells may die through age or injuries, so the body keeps stocks of stem cells on hand to generate replacements. Usually the stem cell divides into two...

Report focuses on challenges to unlocking future promise of vaccines

...s have helped eradicate and tame some of history's worst infectious diseases, but there are many more diseases out there that vaccines can help overcome. The challenges society needs to confront to unlock the future promise of vaccines against the plagues of the 21st century are the focus of a new report ...

'Good' bacteria could save patients from infection infection by deadlier ones

...or record of bacterial infections in patients (the worst in Europe) in British public hospitals, especially involving the deadly MRSA (methacillin resistant staphylococcus aureus) bacteria. Despite being around for 40 years, these bacteria are still basically found only in hospitals. The question Spigelma...

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