By Sean Ekins
An idea starts out as a response to a challenge and becomes a fully-fledged scientific research project. Then before you know it, it becomes a global project involving thousands of people, and you are writing a blog about it.
It began as I pondered “how can I, a scientist without a lab” make a difference with a disease like the Zika virus infection that is garnering global attention? Continue reading
By Megan Cooley
The potential for birth abnormalities in babies has put the outbreak of the Zika virus in the headlines. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued advisories on traveling to and sexual contact with people who have traveled to Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia, and several states in Mexico. A direct correlation between Zika and microcephaly has been suggested but not proven at this point. There is some evidence that Zika can be transmitted sexually, although this mechanism has garnered less attention. Continue reading
By Robert G. Bell
An experimental vaccine for the Ebola virus, developed by GlaxoSmithKline and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is expected to commence this month. The experimental vaccine will be administered to three unknown everyday heroes. These everyday heroes are three healthy human volunteers that will be exposed to the experimental vaccine for safety evaluation and immune response. If the safety objectives are achieved, the vaccine will be administered to a larger group of healthy everyday heroes (volunteers) for safety, dosing, and immune response. Continue reading