‘No limits’ to the possibilities of mRNA, says mastermind behind technology

‘No limits’ to the possibilities of mRNA, says mastermind behind technology

Messenger RNA (mRNA) molecules are single-stranded bits of genetic code formed from nucleosides that instruct human cells to produce certain proteins. The idea is that, when you synthesize mRNA code in a lab, you can instruct the body’s defenses to better fight a wide variety of diseases. “There are no limits,” said Professor Karikó. “The … Read more

Possible case of Ebola investigated at Colchester hospital

Possible case of Ebola investigated at Colchester hospital

In a statement, Colchester Hospital said one clinical area was temporarily closed “due to an infection control issue”, but the center was back up and running as of 7 a.m. “Thank you to all our patients and staff for supporting us yesterday afternoon as we had to temporarily close an inpatient unit at Colchester Hospital, … Read more

Backlash as major report on Covid origin suggests virus could have leaked from a US lab

Backlash as major report on Covid origin suggests virus could have leaked from a US lab

The Lancet is facing a backlash after a major report from the Covid-19 commission suggested the disease may have leaked from a lab in the United States. The paper, published Wednesday, said it remains “feasible” that Sars-Cov-2 arose from a natural overflow or a laboratory incident, and called for the introduction of more safety measures … Read more

Mysterious pneumonia kills three and infects nine in Argentina

Mysterious pneumonia kills three and infects nine in Argentina

Three people have died and five are in hospital after developing “pneumonia of unknown origin,” Argentina’s health authorities have announced. According to the health ministry in Tucumán – a small region in the northwest of the country about 800 miles from the capital Buenos Aires – nine people in the same private clinic have contracted … Read more

Monkeypox cases pass 1,000 as experts urge caution ahead of Pride

Monkeypox cases pass 1,000 as experts urge caution ahead of Pride

Data from the UKHSA goes back to Sunday, June 26 and means the global number of cases is now in excess of 3,500, with one known death and two cases in children. Daniel Bausch is the director of the United Kingdom Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) and was recently part of the committee who … Read more

Monkeypox is not a one-off – here’s how we prepare for our new reality

Monkeypox is not a one-off – here’s how we prepare for our new reality

Monkeypox is yet another warning shot to the world. The virus’ rapid spread in recent weeks has highlighted the very real threat posed by emerging new infections, and shone a harsh spotlight on major gaps in the global response to tackling disease. But although some parallels can be drawn to the coronavirus, monkeypox is almost … Read more

From monkeypox to polio, here’s why so many viruses are attacking the UK

From monkeypox to polio, here’s why so many viruses are attacking the UK

Climate change is also shifting the geography of disease. A paper earlier this year warned there could be a “potentially devastating” surge in the number of novel pathogens jumping between mammals over the next 50 years. It predicted “a minimum of at least 15,000” new spillover events by 2070, if temperatures rise by 2C. “The … Read more