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As states move toward reopening their economies, officials are emphasizing the need to expand their capacity to test for COVID-19.

But many say their efforts to ramp up testing are still being hampered by a shortage of supplies. To help fill the gaps, some state public health labs are looking to academic labs for help.

Ants Assist In Search For New Antibiotics

Sep 15, 2014
University of Wisconsin-Madison

It was a “connect-the-dots” moment for Cameron Currie, PhD.

While working on his doctorate degree in bacteriology at the University of Toronto in the 1990s, Currie was studying ants that grow fungus as their food source. He was the first to discover that leaf-cutter ants also employ a bacterium to protect the fungus against parasites.

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“The FDA’s extended comment period on how to regulate electronic cigarettes ended this week. But there's still no time table for issuing final guidelines... The concern among many physicians is that the battery-powered devices are delivering not just nicotine vapor, but other chemicals as well, including flavors that might attract younger smokers. The regulations proposed back in April would ban sale of e-cigs to anyone under 18 and would add warning labels and would require new devices to be approved before they could be sold. Dr. Michael Fiore is the founding director of University of Wisconsin’s Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention," says host Barbara Lewis.

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"The death toll in Africa from the Ebola virus is closing in on 700. The Peace Corps announced that it is temporarily evacuating several hundred volunteers from the three hardest hit countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea…and two volunteers in Liberia have been hospitalized because they came in contact with someone who later died," reports Jill Ditmire.