Calming the storm…while killing the virus

A couple of months ago Pro-Test blogged about some interesting research that may lead to new drugs that to prevent the lethal "cytokine storm" that was responsible for most deaths in the SARS outbreak. However SARS is not the only virus that kills by inducing an excessive immune response; the threat posed by the ┬áH5N1 … Continue reading Calming the storm…while killing the virus

A vaccine against meningitis B?

Newspapers in the UK are buzzing with excitement over news that a new vaccine against meningitis B developed by the Swiss pharmaceuticals firm Novartis has performed well in early clinical trials. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/may/15/health.medicalresearch http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news/meningitis-defeated-at-last-828286.html About 3,000 mostly young people catch meningitis B every year in the USA, of whom about 10% die and 25% suffer lifelong … Continue reading A vaccine against meningitis B?

PETA Staff join SR Facebook group – defection or deceit?

I'd like to give a warm welcome to Speaking of Research's two newest Facebook Group members - Justin Goodman (Winner of PETA's prized "Nanci Alexander Award" for best activist, and now permanent staff at PETA), and Ryan Huling (College Campaign Coordinator for PETA). However, one must wonder why PETA staff are joining a group which … Continue reading PETA Staff join SR Facebook group – defection or deceit?