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In a paper in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, a University of Florida-led team implicates Madariaga virus (MADV) — previously implicated in eastern encephalitis virus in South and Central America — in pediatric acute febrile illness cases found in Haiti. The researchers used RT-PCR to find and characterize MADVs in cultured blood plasma samples from eight children with dengue virus-like symptoms in Haiti, where MADV has not been found in humans or other animals in the past.

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University of Idaho researchers model the scientific discovery process to examine the link between reproducibility and scientific truth.

A bill passed by a US House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee would give scientific agencies including the National Science Foundation boosts in funding.

Relocating USDA agencies outside of Washington, DC, may make them less effective, critics of the move tell NPR.

In PLOS this week: genes that help Borrelia burgdorferi survive in ticks, CiliaCarta collection of about 1,000 suspected cilia genes, and more.