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Trilobites: New York Mice Are Crawling With Dangerous Bacteria and Viruses

“His lab has also studied rats on the New York City subway system and found many of the same infectious bacteria” writes Karen Weintraub for nytimes.com. Lipkin said he presumes that they are carriers of the bacteria but are not affected by them.Lipkin said it was not clear whether the mice were getting the antibiotic-resistant bacteria from people — say, by eating food contaminated with the feces of someone taking antibiotics — or whether the bacteria developed resistance after mice ate discarded antibiotics. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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NYC mice carry life-threatening bacteria, study finds

“In an interesting footnote, the study said mice from Chelsea were heavier than mice from other parts of the city and found to carry more viruses” reports nypost.com. A genetic analysis of their droppings revealed that the mice carry several gastrointestinal bacteria including: C. difficile, E. coli, Shigella and Salmonella, a leading cause of bacterial food poisoning.A second study also looked at all the viruses found in mice droppings.Researchers found 36 viruses, including six new ones, though none is known to infect humans.A new study in New York City found…

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Losses widen at cyber security start-up Darktrace as it embarks on hiring spree

“Darktrace, the British cybersecurity start-up backed by Autonomy founder Mike Lynch, has more than doubled losses amid a hiring spree, despite a leap in revenues” writes James Titcomb for telegraph.co.uk. The Cambridge-headquartered company is seen as one of Britain’s most promising technology start-ups, and claims to have pioneered “self-learning” algorithms that mimic the way the human immune system fights viruses to protect corporate computer systems. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Doctors find virus in a pond, use it to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria in man’s heart

“After Yale doctors replaced a major blood vessel in a 76-year-old man’s heart, his chest became infected with bacteria” writes Mark Kaufman for mashable.com. But as the medical community becomes mobilized to fight the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, doctors are becoming increasingly curious about finding phages to kill bacteria.Running out of options, doctors employed this still-experimental treatment, inserting hundreds of thousands of viruses — known to combat this very bacteria — into the man’s chest.The usual solution would be to destroy the harmful bacteria with antibiotics.But the doctors found…

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Scientists warn of mysterious and deadly new epidemic ‘Disease X’…

“Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease.”” writes Image Afp for mirror.co.uk. An unknown and deadly new illness dubbed Disease X has been added to the list of potential global epidemics that could potentially kills millions.Yesterday, the WHO warned that the next global flu epidemic could begin “tomorrow” and kill as many as 33 million people in just 200 days. Source: mirror.co.uk Share This:

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Scientists launch ambitious plan to find viruses lurking in wildlife that could cause pandemics

“The Global Virome Project has pinpointed locations to target its research using EcoHealth Alliance’s global emerging disease hotspots map” writes Christopher Black for cnbc.com. The Global Virome Project estimates that 263,000 unknown viruses in wildlife are capable of infecting people, meaning researchers know of about 0.1 percent of them.The international partnership also estimates the total number of viruses in wildlife is 1.7 million, and that finding all of them would cost about $7 billion. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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UV Light Could Zap Flu Pandemics Before They Start

“The global hubs that Brenner envisions rigging with far-UVC light are often the birthplaces of global pandemics” writes David Grossman for popularmechanics.com. The far-UVC light “efficiently inactivated” the flu viruses, according to the press release.A recent study from the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University shows that continuous low doses of a specific type of UV light known as “far ultraviolet C” (far-UVC) light can kill airborne flu viruses without harming human tissues.The hope is that if far-UVC light could be implemented in large public spaces like airports, train…

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Flu relief is coming as successors to aging Tamiflu near market

“Most rely on features of the human immune system to neutralize proteins on the surface of flu viruses” writes Jason Gale for seattletimes.com. Melbourne scientist Wen-Yang Wu, who helped discover Relenza, is developing a novel way of preventing flu viruses from infecting respiratory cells.In flu viruses, it prevents mature virus particles from leaving host cells.Discovered by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, the drug targets part of a gene present in the majority of seasonal flu viruses, blocking them from making copies of their genetic material. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Faced with failing antibiotics, scientists are using killer viruses to fight superbugs

“Patients in danger of dying from uncontrollable bacterial infections could find new allies: killer viruses known as phages” writes Emily Mullin for businessinsider.com. If the new approaches work, phage therapy could eventually become a mainstream option for treating bacterial infections.Resistance is much less likely to develop with phages, because each type of phage infects a specific type of bacteria.Both startups are planning clinical trials to test whether their therapies are better than current antibiotics at defeating bacteria. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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