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CDC takes steps to improve lab safety after anthrax, flu scares

In response to back-to-back incidents involving government laboratories, a top official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resigned, and the agency has assembled a safety board to address concerns that have arisen after workers were potentially exposed to anthrax and H5N1 flu.

Vaccine protects animals against dust mite allergies

Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a vaccine that showed protection in mice against dust mite allergies.

Mount Sinai, Neurotrope partner to develop bryostatins for rare metabolic disease

Startup Neurotrope is teaming up with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City to further develop its bryostatins for the treatment of Niemann-Pick disease type C, a rare disease that mostly affects children.

Top 15 NIH-funded disease areas

In 2008, the U.S. National Institutes of Health began releasing to the public how much the agency spends in various research categories. I decided to pick out the top-funded disease areas to get a sense of what disorders and diseases the U.S. government is prioritizing.

'Fossil' virus discovery could lead to HIV immunotherapy

A new discovery of an ancestral fossil virus buried within everyone's genomes might provide the key to eradicating HIV.

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