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Discovery May Change Treatment of Snake Bites
Discovery May Change
Treatment of Snake Bites
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Discovery May Change Treatment of Snake Bites

Research raises hope of a universal antivenom

(Newser) - Scientists from Scripps Research have developed a synthetic antibody that's effective against the lethal venom of four separate snake species. This discovery could be a game-changer in creating a universal antivenom for hundreds of deadly snakes, , reports, which typically require separate antivenoms manufactured for each type of...

Vaccine Lab Worker Cleaning Freezer Makes Disturbing Find
Vaccine Lab Worker Cleaning
Freezer Makes Disturbing Find
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Vaccine Lab Worker Cleaning Freezer Makes Disturbing Find

FBI, CDC investigating 15 'questionable vials,' some labeled 'smallpox,' found at Merck facility near Philly

(Newser) - What started out as a routine chore in a Pennsylvania vaccine research lab this week has ended up attracting the attention of the FBI and CDC. According to an alert sent out Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security, a worker at a Merck facility near Philly, in Montgomery County,...

Fauci Doesn't Agree With Pompeo's Theory on Virus

He doesn't think it started in a Chinese lab

(Newser) - The idea that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab is gaining traction in the White House , with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserting that "enormous evidence" exists to support the idea. Anthony Fauci, however, isn't one of the believers. In an interview with National Geographic , Fauci first...

Accusations Are Flying Between US and China
Accusations Are Flying
Between US and China
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Accusations Are Flying Between US and China

White House insists virus originated in Wuhan lab, and Beijing fires back

(Newser) - Relations between the US and China seem to be getting worse by the day, as Beijing pushes back against renewed White House insistence that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is leading the White House charge, and he's taking the brunt of criticism...

Coronavirus, Caused by a 'Lab Accident'? Hmmm.

It's not a popular notion among experts who talk to NPR

(Newser) - The coronavirus pandemic was almost certainly not triggered by a lab accident, scientists tell NPR —despite concerns to the contrary floating around Washington. "Every time we get a new virus emerging, we have people that say, 'This could have come from a lab,'" says Peter...

'Shocking' Find Made at Government Labs

PETA demands an audit at all National Institutes of Health laboratories

(Newser) - Mice cooked to death. Primates holed up in a room with 24-hour-a-day lights. An owl, denied veterinary care, that dies in a cage. These are among the 31 incidents uncovered through a freedom-of-information request about animal-welfare failures in government labs in 2018 and 2019—labs where official inspections are never...

Undersea Data Station Vanishes Without a Trace

All divers found was a shredded cable

(Newser) - An undersea data station off the coast of Germany has mysteriously vanished—and unless the Kraken has awoken, authorities say sea creatures couldn't be responsible. Baffled authorities at the Geomar Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research say the 1,700-pound underwater observatory installed in late 2016 stopped sending back data...

CDC to Army Lab: 'Cease and Desist' Studying Deadly Germs

Maryland's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases temporarily shuttered over safety concerns

(Newser) - A "cease and desist" order from the Centers for Disease Control has been issued, a military biodefense lab has been shuttered, and "research is currently on hold" there, possibly for months. The issue: safety worries that cropped up over processes used to contain dozens of dangerous toxins and...

9 'Cocktail'-Infused Eggs a 'Breakthrough' for Fertility

For the first time, human eggs were grown from earliest stages to maturity in the lab

(Newser) - What's being deemed a "breakthrough" for women's fertility has been achieved out of the University of Edinburgh. Researchers say that for the very first time, they've developed human eggs in the lab from their earliest points of growth to full maturity, offering insight into how science...

High-Tech Lab Leaks Deadly Bacteria

How did Louisiana lab fail to contain it?

(Newser) - A high-security laboratory in Louisiana recently leaked deadly bacteria, infecting four animals and apparently a federal investigator—but officials say there's no public health risk, USA Today reports. The probe began after two monkey-like animals at the Tulane National Primate Research Center were infected last year by a bacterium...

US Bioterror Labs Rife With Risks: Reports

And virus vial goes missing at one lab

(Newser) - Not one, but two disturbing recent government reports say the risk of accidents is increasing at US labs researching potential bioterror weapons such as anthrax. Federal officials have yet to develop national standards for their design, construction, and operation, which the Government Accountability Office called for more than three years...

Arizona Prof's Research: Getting Students Drunk

They're paid $60 for night at the 'bar'

(Newser) - An Arizona State professor wants his students to get smashed—and he’s willing to pay them to do it. That’s because William Corbin is researching the effects of alcohol on behavior, and ASU students are his subjects. Several nights a week, he converts his lab into a bar,...

Building Explodes in Los Alamos Blunder

$3M damage after cannon test goes awry

(Newser) - Nuclear researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory accidentally blew up part of a building this week while testing a gun that acts like a Civil War cannon, according to documents obtained by the Project on Government Oversight. Nobody was injured in the incident, but sources say the bill for the...

At Last, Endeavour Reaches ISS
 At Last, Endeavour Reaches ISS 

At Last, Endeavour Reaches ISS

Shuttle arrives nearly a month late for construction mission

(Newser) - Space shuttle Endeavour docked today at the International Space Station, an important milestone in its oft-delayed mission, reports. The crew is scheduled to board the ISS later today. When the Endeavour's seven astronauts climb on, they will push the station's total population to a record-high 13.

Swine Flu Came From Lab: Researcher
Swine Flu Came From
Lab: Researcher

Swine Flu Came From Lab: Researcher

WHO investigates claim that H1N1 arose from human error

(Newser) - The World Health Organization is investigating a claim by an Australian researcher that the swine flu virus may have been created in a laboratory as a result of human error. Adrian Gibbs, who helped develop Tamiflu, said in an interview with Bloomberg that the new strain may have evolved in...

UCLA Fined for Fatal Lab Explosion
UCLA Fined
for Fatal Lab

UCLA Fined for Fatal Lab Explosion

Untrained young aide also lacked protective gear, OSHA finds

(Newser) - UCLA has been fined $31,000 for serious safety violations linked to a fire that killed a lab assistant early this year, reports the Los Angeles Times. Sheri Sangji, 23, had not been properly trained and was not wearing protective clothing when an experiment exploded, seriously burning more than 43%...

Researchers Hope Canine Brain Holds Clues to Ours

(Newser) - At Harvard and labs across the country, researchers are turning to dogs for clues on how their brains—and ours—work, the Boston Globe reports. “Psychologists have been ignoring animals that were sleeping quietly at their feet,” one professor said, but no longer. Dogs understand pointing better than...

Parkinson's Treatment Shows Promise in Mice

(Newser) - Potential good news for Parkinson's patients: An experimental treatment on mice that involves implanting electrodes on the spinal cord had great success, Reuters reports. Mice that received the so-called stimulator were able to move more easily. Human trials are expected to start next year, and they could lead the way...

Would Better Laws Have Caught Salmonella Scare?
Would Better Laws Have Caught Salmonella Scare?

Would Better Laws Have Caught Salmonella Scare?

(Newser) - A third of US states do not require testing of the salmonella bacteria involved in reported illnesses, possibly hampering national efforts to identify outbreaks, MSNBC reports. If testing were mandatory, proponents say, a strain’s widespread dissemination could be more quickly identified and the source more easily pinpointed. But states...

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