Georgia Bio Blog

These carbon-negative, ocean degradable straws and forks are made from greenhouse gases

September 24, 2020

At a new production facility in Huntington Beach, California, a 50-foot-tall stainless steel tank is filled with 15,000 gallons of salt water, and inside microbes are turning methane—a potent greenhouse gas—into a new material that could simultaneously help tackle the challenges of climate change and ocean plastic. If the material is made into a disposable…

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Can a Genetically Modified Bug Combat a Global Farm Plague?

September 24, 2020

Biotech company Oxitec has created a caterpillar with self-destructing eggs in an attempt to curb agricultural damage. But will other pests simply move in? A BRITISH BIOTECH firm that developed a genetically modified mosquito to fight dengue fever and other blood-borne diseases in Florida and Texas now has introduced a self-destructing GM caterpillar. Their aim is…

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Here come the tortoises: In the race for a Covid-19 vaccine, slow starters could still win out

September 24, 2020

The race is not always to the swift, as the cocky hare learned in Aesop’s classic fable, “The Hare and the Tortoise.” Those handicapping the so-called competition to develop Covid-19 vaccines would do well to keep an eye on the slower runners in this pursuit. Corporate giants Sanofi and Merck, which got a relatively late start…

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Johnson & Johnson Begins Final-Stage Testing of Covid-19 Vaccine

September 23, 2020

Four experimental coronavirus shots have now entered Phase 3 testing in the U.S. Johnson & Johnson JNJ +0.24% said Wednesday it started a 60,000-person clinical trial of its single-dose Covid-19 vaccine on three continents, becoming the fourth experimental Covid-19 shot to enter final-stage testing in the U.S. The New Brunswick, N.J., company said it could learn pivotal results from the…

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Germany confirms nine more swine fever cases in wild boar

September 23, 2020

Another nine cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boars in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, Germany’s federal agriculture ministry said on Wednesday. The new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 29 since the first on Sept. 10, all in wild animals, and all in the Brandenburg…

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Patient sentiment improving on elective procedures despite ongoing pandemic, survey suggests

September 23, 2020

Dive Brief: Findings from a September consumer sentiment survey initiated by investment firm Needham & Company of 257 older people across the U.S. suggest increasing willingness to have elective procedures, even as the pandemic continues. The time between when consumers were surveyed and when they’d be comfortable having a procedure is shrinking, from an average…

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Massive genetic study shows coronavirus mutating and potentially evolving amid rapid U.S. spread

September 23, 2020

The largest U.S. genetic study of the virus, conducted in Houston, shows one viral strain outdistancing all of its competitors, and many potentially important mutations. Scientists in Houston on Wednesday released a study of more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus that reveals the virus’s continual accumulation of mutations, one of which may have made it…

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Google Maps adds an overlay of COVID-19 case trends

September 23, 2020

The trends are an important way to assess the risk of different activities Google Maps will soon include information on COVID-19 spread in states, counties, and some cities. Toggling on the “COVID” layer in the app will show the seven-day average number of confirmed cases in each area per 100,000 people. Areas of the map…

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New research shows many children with mental health conditions don’t get follow-up care

September 22, 2020

Alarge new study finds that mental health care for many children in the U.S. falls far short, particularly when it comes to the follow-up treatment they receive. The study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined insurance claims from children between the ages of 10 and 17 covered by Blue Cross Blue…

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