smallpox

Not Cow, But Horse

The sequencing of a more than 100-year-old smallpox vaccine finds that it contains horsepox, researchers write in NEJM.

Mail-Order Pox

Canadian researchers have re-created the horsepox virus, ScienceInsider reports.

A sequenced variola virus isolate from the 1600s points to a relatively recent common ancestor for viruses involved in 20th century smallpox infections.

By sequencing ancient and contemporary indigenous individuals from Canada's Pacific Coast, researchers uncovered clues to a post-colonization population bottleneck.

The agreement provides Akonni access to nucleic acid sequences, primers, and probes for several important biothreat agents, which it will incorporate into molecular tests on its TruArray and TruSentry platforms.

Researchers test gene therapy targeting a different cancer protein in a new trial, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

The Associated Press reports Alex Azar, the new Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, made millions of dollars as a pharmaceutical executive.

In PNAS this week: immune profiling of breast cancer, transposable element patterns in rice, and more.