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2011-11-10 15:27:48

First evidence that long-range wind transport of an infectious agent might result in human disease Kawasaki Disease (KD) is a severe childhood disease that many parents, even some doctors, mistake for an inconsequential viral infection. In fact, if not diagnosed or treated in time, it can lead to irreversible heart damage. After 50 years of research, including genetic studies, scientists have been unable to pinpoint the cause of the disease. Now, surprising findings of an international...

2011-08-02 10:58:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pathogenica, Inc. announced that the Company's Chief Scientific Officer, Graeme Doran, Ph.D., is speaking today at the IBC Life Sciences Drug Discovery & Diagnostic Development Week, in San Francisco. During the conference, the only event on the application of next generation sequencing technology for research, diagnostic development, and patient care, Dr. Doran will speak on "Next Generation Sequencing & Genomic Medicine." He will...

2011-03-31 00:53:25

New study indicates that ecotourism may be contributing to the decline of mountain gorillas in African preserves In a study published online this week in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, an international team of researchers report that a virus that causes respiratory disease in humans infected and contributed to the deaths of mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. This finding raises questions about the safety of ecotourism for endangered species. The study, which appears in the...

2009-07-31 14:15:48

Results could shed light on genetic differences of outbreak between Argentina and other locations Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health are working with Argentina's National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the National Administration of Laboratories and Health Institutes (ANLIS), and Roche 454 Life Sciences to decode the complete genomic sequences of influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus from patients with severe...

2009-06-02 14:51:33

Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases of National Health Laboratory Service (NICD-NHLS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Roche's 454 Life Sciences Corporation have discovered the new virus responsible for a highly fatal hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Zambia and South Africa in late 2008. It is the first new hemorrhagic fever-associated arenavirus from Africa identified in...

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2009-05-29 10:54:18

A new deadly virus has been discovered in Africa, scientists report. The "Lujo" virus has been found in five people in Zambia and South Africa. Of the five people infected, only one survived. Researchers attribute the survival to medicine received. "This one is really, really aggressive," Dr. Ian Lipkin, a Columbia University epidemiologist who helped discover the virus, told the Associated Press. Lipkin and colleagues reported on the virus in the online edition of PLoS Pathogens. The first...

2008-09-04 15:00:00

By MARY JO LAYTON, STAFF WRITER A study by Columbia University is the latest to find no link between autism and a common childhood vaccine, news that should reassure concerned parents, experts said Wednesday. The research, which involved the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, concluded that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause the neurological disorder that affects one in every 150 children in the nation. "We are confident there's no link between...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.