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Senators, health experts demand action to address biolab accidents

(USA Today)  Key members of Congress, public health leaders and biosecurity experts demand better oversight and accountability for laboratories in the wake of a USA TODAY Network investigation that revealed widespread safety lapses and pervasive secrecy that obscures failings by researchers and regulators.  The investigation uncovered hundreds of lab accidents and  Read More »

A Rapid Ebola Test Can Diagnose the Disease In Just Minutes

(Time) A new Ebola diagnostic test that can identify in minutes whether a person has Ebola has proven to be faster and just as sensitive as diagnostics performed in a lab, according to new data published in the journal The Lancet.

Ebola Linked to Rise in Malaria Deaths in Guinea

(US News & World Report) The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to have led to an increase in malaria deaths last year, a new study finds. Research in Guinea, one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, indicates an extra 74,000 cases of malaria went untreated in 2014,  Read More »

Senate panel approves $2 billion raise for NIH in 2016

(Science) The draft bill approved by the Senate appropriations panel that oversees NIH’s budget would give the agency twice the $1 billion proposed by the Obama administration and $900 million more than the corresponding House panel, according to a summary statement.

Genomic sequences reveal cities’ teeming masses of bacteria and viruses

(Nature) Researchers described results of early forays into this terra incognita at the Microbes in the City conference…they believe that efforts could lead to new approaches for monitoring bioterrorism, tracking disease outbreaks or assessing the impact of storms and pollution.