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Scientists Find Protein Critical to Ebola's Spread
Scientists have isolated a critical protein exploited by the Ebola virus in its spread through the body, the New York Times reported on Monday (see GSN, Dec. 7, 2011).
The typically lethal virus did not affect biological cells without the protein, and its effect was limited in mice that had been genetically altered to produce less of the compound, according to findings published in the journal Nature.
The "astounding result" marked the initial use of DNA alteration to confer Ebola survivability to animal test subjects, said Judith White, a cell biology and virology specialist with the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
The research bolsters scientific knowledge of the agent's spread. In addition, it points to a possible avenue for the eventual creation of medical countermeasures against the potential bioterror agent, said White, who did not participate in the effort (Amanda Schaffer, New York Times, Jan. 16).
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Remarks at side event to the PrepCom for the 2015 NPT Review Conference: “Change in Action: Overcoming Barriers to Non-Proliferation in the Middle East”
May 8, 2014
NTI Vice Chairman Des Browne addressed challenges to nonproliferation in the Middle East in a speech to members of The Middle East Next Generation of Arms Control Specialists network at a side event to the NPT PrepCom in New York.
This article provides an overview of the United States’ historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.