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The surprise find of smallpox DNA in a child mummy from the 17th century could help scientists start to trace the mysterious history of this notorious virus. Smallpox currently only exists in secure freezers, after a global vaccination campaign eradicated the virus in the late 1970s. But much about this killer remains unknown, including its origins. Now scientists have the oldest complete set of smallpox genes, after they went hunting for viral DNA in a sample of skin from a mummified young...

Pandemic flu, Ebola, Nipah virus. Emmie de Wit has held all of them in her hands (with three layers of gloves in between, of course). She's a virologist working at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana. The 450-person facility, which is part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is nestled in a town of 4,000. It's surrounded by mountains and national forests. Only one road passes through. This is where de Wit, who is originally from the Netherlands,...

Part 1 of our series " Unlocking Dyslexia ." "It's frustrating that you can't read the simplest word in the world." Thomas Lester grabs a book and opens to a random page. He points to a word: galloping. "Goll—. G—. Gaa—. Gaa—. G—. " He keeps trying. It is as if the rest ­­of the word is in him somewhere, but he can't sound it out. "I don't ... I quit." He tosses the book and it skids along the table. Despite stumbling over the simplest words, Thomas — a fourth-grader — is a bright...

When an 8-year old boy showed up at his school's clinic in rural Haiti with a low-grade fever and abdominal pain, he was told he had typhoid and given medicine to treat it. But blood tests showed something else: Mayaro, a mosquito-borne virus that may now be circulating in the Caribbean. The Haitian boy remains an isolated case. Still, the new finding, reported in the November issue of a CDC journal, suggests the need for vigilance — along with more research into why viral epidemics seem to...

Many medical studies involving children never end up being put to use because scientists frequently don't publish the results of their work, according to an analysis published online Thursday. The findings raise both scientific and ethical issues regarding research on this vulnerable population. Previous studies have documented that about a third of all clinical trials conducted in the United States end up as largely wasted effort, because the scientists doing that work don't take the effort...

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In Gov . Rick Scott's budget, the Legislature approved $60 million of annual funding for three cancer centers in Florida. One of the centers, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine, will receive $16 million per year for five years. Even before the funding the center made investments including hiring new physicians and researchers, and purchasing new equipment. As Dr. Stephen Nimer says, the new personnel and machines help make the center "world...

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South Florida beaches have a special tourist this season. But this one won’t be slathering on the tanning lotion. Boasting a couple hundred teeth and some killer ancestry, Katharine the Great White Shark is now swimming off the coast of Key Largo.

A project run by OCEARCH has tracked her position since tagging the 14.5-foot, 2,500-pound great white off the coast of Cape Cod in the fall of last year. The group captures great white and tiger sharks, lets scientists do a few tests...

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Planktonportal is a new online citizen science project to engage the public’s help in identifying planktonic creature images collected by an underwater robotic camera. Plankton is the basis of our ocean ecosystem. No plankton, no life in the ocean. By understanding the mechanisms underlying plankton distribution both locally and globally, we can better assess the health of the ocean and better manage this precious environment. And now we can all do it together! The idea of

Miami Researcher Stars In TV Special On Great White Sharks

Apr 12, 2013
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Miami-based shark researcher Neil Hammerschlag, whose work WLRN has covered in the past , is getting international attention with his latest study on the feeding habits of the ocean's most feared and misunderstood creature: the great white shark. Hammerschlag was recently featured on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet where he described a veritable "buffet" with dozens of white sharks feasting on whale carcasses off the coast of South Africa's famed Seal...

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07/30/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is “Federal Budget, 101.” We’ll speak with Mattea Kramer, senior research analyst of the National Priorities Project , and author of THE PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET . Most Americans shun even trying to comprehend where or how our federal dollars are spent. Complex barriers have prevented us from having any influence over budget creation or oversight. The 2013 budget will near some...