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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Lassa virus, unlike its Ebola cousin, appears to have ancient origins and its appearances in humans seem to mostly be due to reservoir-to-human transmissions, according to an analysis of some 200 Lassa virus sequences.

"The reason Lassa hasn't yet grown into this huge epidemic is because there is limited transmission between humans," first author Kristian Andersen from the Scripps Research Institute said in a statement. "That's a major difference between Lassa virus and Ebola virus."

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Following its departure from the European Union, the UK is to implement a fast-track visa program aimed at attracting scientific talent to Britain, according to BBC News.

ScienceInsider reports that researchers in Brazil are concerned that a creationist was chosen to run the agency that oversees graduate study programs there.

The Washington Post reports that researchers are quickly analyzing the coronavirus that has been causing illness and sharing their findings.

In PLOS this week: common variant associated with BMI in Arctic populations, analysis of microRNA markers associated with being born small for gestational age, and more. 

Feb
05
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LGC

This webinar will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative development of a novel multiplex assay to speed detection of mosquito-borne illness in the clinical setting.

Feb
20
Sponsored by
Thermo Fisher Scientific

This webinar will discuss the use of 3’ mRNA sequencing to reduce the cost of gene expression studies on Illumina NGS systems.

Feb
26
Sponsored by
Autogen

This webinar will explain how the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, has transformed its DNA workflows to improve the diagnosis and treatment of genetic illnesses that are prevalent in the pediatric population of its community.