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2010-01-28 19:47:41

An experimental vaccine developed using non-infectious virus-like particles (VLP) has protected macaques and mice against chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen that has infected millions of people in Africa and Asia and causes debilitating pain, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found. Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) developed the vaccine because there is no vaccine or treatment for chikungunya virus infection. Details...

2009-02-16 08:17:00

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- AlphaVax announced today that it has hired Lynn Baird, PhD, as Vice President of Regulatory, Quality and Clinical Operations. In this capacity Lynn will provide leadership and strategic direction in the areas of regulatory and quality affairs and in clinical operations. "Lynn's experience in directing successful clinical trials, developing regulatory strategy and gaining regulatory approval for clinical trials will complement our existing...

2008-07-22 09:01:13

US-based clinical-stage company AlphaVax has initiated a Chlamydia vaccine program based on its alphavirus vector platform technology. AlphaVax will initiate studies on a prototype vaccine in collaboration with Luis de la Maza, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of California, Irvine. Dr Maza's laboratory has established an animal model of chlamydial genital disease. Robert Olmsted, vice president of research at AlphaVax, said: "This new program targeting a...

2008-07-21 12:01:26

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- AlphaVax announced today the initiation of a Chlamydia vaccine program based on its alphavirus vector platform technology. Genital chlamydial infections, caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, have been shown to be the most prevalent bacterial sexually transmitted disease worldwide. Although antibiotic therapy is available, it is usually a "silent" undetected infection, showing no symptoms in three-quarters of all infected women...


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2011-02-23 20:55:25

The Semliki Forest virus was isolated from mosquitoes in the Semliki Forest in 1942. It can cause disease in both animals and man. It's an Alphavirus found in central, eastern, and southern Africa. It is a positive-stranded RNA virus. It is spread mainly by mosquito bites and infects mammals through inhalation or gastrointestinal exposure. The virus can cause lethal encephalitis in rodents; however, only one fatal infection has been reported in humans. This patient was immunodeficient and...

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2011-01-11 12:50:11

Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE), also called sleeping sickness or Triple E, is a zoonotic alphavirus and arbovirus that exists in the Americas and the Caribbean. It was first seen in Massachusetts in 1831 when 75 horses died of encephalitic illness. It is often associated with coastal plains. EEE was first isolated from the brain of an infected horse in 1933. In 1938 the first human case was confirmed when thirty children died of encephalitis in northeaster United States...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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