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I.D. Break: Opdivo for HIV; Bacteria in Space

I.D. Break: Opdivo for HIV; Bacteria in Space

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Several phase I trials of a Zika vaccine were found to be safe and effective at protecting healthy adults from the virus, according to a report in The Lancet. MedPage Today has more here.

One case study found a dramatic drop in HIV reservoir among a lung cancer patient treated with Opdivo (nivolumab). (Annals of Oncology)

Flu season is here and a universal flu vaccine is still not. Researchers discuss the potential severity of this year’s flu season, and why this vaccine is needed more than ever. (New England Journal of Medicine)

Sanofi Pasteur requested a label change for its dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, to only be used in high-transmission areas where the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks. The company disclosed that the vaccine may actually worsen disease in people not previously infected, leading the Philippines to suspend a nationwide vaccination program. (NPR)

Voluntary medical male circumcision programs are working to help prevent the spread of HIV throughout Southern and Eastern Africa, though the number of procedures declined in 2016, researchers said in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine had more details about these programs, and MedPage Today had more complete coverage earlier in the year.

There’s no place like home? Surface biota sampled from the international space station resembled that from a private home more than data from the Human Microbiome Project. (Peerj)

On World AIDS Day, six Caribbean territories and states were certified by the World Health Organization as having eliminated mother-to-child HIV and syphilis transmission. (UNAIDS)

Madagascar’s pneumonic plague is unlikely to become a global threat, researchers found. (Eurosurveillance)

Ampicillin resistance may trace back to use of penicillin in livestock in the 1950s. (Lancet Infectious Diseases)

SARS virus may have evolved in a bat cave. How’s that for a supervillain origin story? (PLOS Pathogens)

A “clean face program” for children may help to prevent transmission of Chlamydia trachomatis, a cause of infectious blindness. (PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases)

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