Category Archives: Viruses

Yes, Budget Cuts Hurt Development of an Ebola Vaccine

There has been some talk by scientists (of all people) that NIH Director Francis Collins’ statement that “if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this … Continue reading

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So What Did We Get For All of That Biopreparedness?

After Sept. 11, 2001, a lot of money was dumped into ‘biopreparedness’, something most microbiologists thought would not be very effective. So one would like to think, in light of all of the money spent on bioterrorism/biopreparedness, there would have … Continue reading

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Are We Really Ready for Ebola? The Nurses’ Union Perspective

National Nurses United (‘NNU’) began surveying its members a few weeks ago about Ebola preparedness in the U.S. Here are some of the highlights (or, perhaps, lowlights; boldface mine): In updated preliminary results from nearly 700 RNs at over 250 … Continue reading

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Former Republican Executive Director Says Something Horrible About Ebola

I’m shocked, really, I am (boldface mine): The former general counsel and executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party is coming under fire for the novel solutions to the Ebola epidemic he is posting on Twitter. The vehemently pro-life … Continue reading

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When Fear and Preconception Meet Ebola: The Rand Paul Edition

By way of No More Mister Nice Blog, we read that Republican Senator Rand Paul, who is a sorta licensed ophthalmologist, had this to about the Ebola virus (boldface mine): Glenn [Beck] interviewed Senator Rand Paul on radio today to … Continue reading

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NIH and Ebola

No, the bear didn’t have Ebola. But this came across the transom from NIH this week: The NIH is playing several important roles in dealing with this very serious situation. For decades, intramural and extramural researchers supported by NIH’s National … Continue reading

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One Lesson From the CDC Debacles–Always Check Your Materials Before You Start Working

And for that matter, before you send stuff to other people. By now, you might have heard about the CDC’s bad week. Most of the attention has focused on the discovery of smallpox vials, two of which contained virus that … Continue reading

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