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Mosaic: The Global Vaccine

On the eve of the 2017 World AIDS day, the Janssen Vaccines & Prevention Subdivision of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical company, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced the launch of the Imbokodo vaccine trial. The Imbokodo study will test the efficacy of a promising HIV…

2017 Nobel Prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology was jointly awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for characterizing the circadian rhythm at a level of molecular operation. Although the concept of biological clocks was well understood, pioneering work lead by these researchers in the 1980’s and 1990’s provided the first…

A Spoonful of Sugar

In clinical trials that uphold the gold standard of double blind placebo controls, an inert pill is compared to the tested drug to measure the efficacy of the tested drug. If the efficacy of a tested drug is not determined to work better than the placebo, then the drug is not considered effective. Because a…

The Zika Freaka

On February 26th, the CDC announced that the U.S. now has 147 cases of Zika. Last month, soccer star Hope Solo famously told Sports Insider that if she had to decide to go to the Olympics today, she wouldn’t go. Despite public outrage, she insisted that she wanted the prerogative to have a child free…

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