(Newcastle University) Using smaller and less expensive versions of the same specialist equipment found in state-of-the-art microbiology laboratories, a new ‘lab in a suitcase’ developed by academics at Newcastle University,UK, and believed to be a world first, enables screening of millions of bacteria in a single water sample. The kit has already been used to analyse samples from the Akaki rive, Ethiopia, where pathogens were found that can cause diarrhoea – still a leading cause of death among children under the age of five.
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Strains of a common subtype of influenza virus, H3N2, have almost universally acquired a mutation that effectively blocks antibodies from binding to a key viral protein.
(Earth Institute at Columbia University) A new study, published today in GeoHealth, used soil samples collected from neighborhoods around the cathedral to estimate local amounts of lead fallout from the fire.
(American University) A new paper from American University examines the economics of an aquaculture industry of the future that is simultaneously environmentally sustainable and nutritious for the nearly 1 billion people worldwide who depend on it.
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While scientists are trying to find a vaccine for COVID-19, the rabies virus continues to kill 59,000 people every year. But unlike COVID, a vaccine has existed for more than a century. Vaccinating dogs can stop the spread to humans, but systemic challenges make that easier said that done. In a new study, scientists where grassroots campaigns to stop rabies work — and where they need to be coupled with large-scale efforts.
Strengthening U.S. air quality standards for fine particulate pollution to be in compliance with current World Health Association (WHO) guidelines could save more than 140,000 lives over the course of a decade, according to a new study.
Measuring air quality across London could help fight COVID-19 by providing a rapid means of deciding whether to reduce public transport movement — given strong links between exposure to air pollution and COVID-19 transmission, a new study reveals.
From low-income countries to high-income countries, long-term exposure to fine particulate outdoor air pollution is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease and death, a new study found. But even small reductions in air pollution levels can result in a reduction of disease risk.