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New Variant of Ebola Virus Identified in Guinea

Paris, France (Scicasts) — Performed in less than a month, sequencing of the complete genome and subsequent phylogenetic analysis show that the virus present in Guinea forms a clade (variant) that is distinct from strains previously identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Gabon.

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Basic Research Fuels Medical Advances

Bethesda, MD (Scicasts) — This image may look complicated, but it tells a fairly straightforward tale about basic research: Learning more about basic life processes can pave the way for medical and other advances.

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Space-Tested Fluid Flow Concept Advances Infectious Disease Diagnoses

Washington, DC (Scicasts) — A new medical-testing device is being prepped to enter the battle against infectious disease. This instrument could improve diagnosis of certain diseases in remote areas, thanks in part to knowledge gained from a series of investigations aboard the International Space Station on the behaviour of liquids.

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Why Your Nose Can Be a Pathfinder

Gloshaugen, Norway (Scicasts) — When I was a child I used to sit in my grandfather’s workshop, playing with wood shavings. Freshly shaven wood has a distinct smell of childhood happiness, and whenever I get a whiff of that scent my brain immediately conjures up images of my grandfather at his working bench, the heat from the fireplace and the dog next to it.

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Nanomaterial Outsmarts Ions

Dresden, Germany (Scicasts) — Ions are an essential tool in chip manufacturing, but these electrically charged atoms can also be used to produce nano-sieves with homogeneously distributed pores.

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How the Body Fights Against Viruses

Vienna, Austria (Scicasts) — Scientists of the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, together with colleagues of the ETH Zurich, have now shown how double stranded RNA, such as viral genetic information, is prevented from entering the nucleus of a cell.

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Thinnest Feasible Membrane Produced

Zurich, Switzerland (Scicasts) — A new nano-membrane made out of the “super material” graphene is extremely light and breathable.

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Study Finds Cancer Drugs Block Dementia-Linked Brain Inflammation

Irvine, CA (Scicasts) — A class of drugs developed to treat immune-related conditions and cancer – including one currently in clinical trials for glioblastoma and other tumours – eliminates neural inflammation associated with dementia-linked diseases and brain injuries, according to UC Irvine researchers.

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