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Friday, April 16th, 2021

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DOD advances nuclear microreactor prototype design process

Department of Defense (DOD) officials have proceeded with transportable advanced nuclear microreactor prototype design initiatives through two contract options. Teams led by BWXT Advanced Technologies, LLC, of Lynchburg, Va., and X-energy, LLC, of Greenbelt, Md., were selected from a preliminary... Read More »

Session targets biological threats reduction

Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and Munich Security Conference (MSC) personnel recently collaborated to convene 19 current and former global leaders and experts to address reducing high-consequence biological threats. The endeavor was offered in conjunction with the MSC’s “Beyond... Read More »

Researchers: Vaccines alone may not control pandemic

Two Georgetown University infectious disease experts maintain vaccines alone may not be enough to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Angela L. Rasmussen and Saskia V. Popescu, faculty affiliates of the university's Center for Global Health Science and Security, noted that protecting against the... Read More »

Roche releases test for SARS-CoV-2 variants

Roche recently announced the launch of a new cobas SARS-CoV-2 Variant Set 1 Test to detect and differentiate between viral variants, recognizing the growing prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 variants, such as those first seen in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil. “Viruses naturally evolve... Read More »

WHO praises progression of ACT-Accelerator initiative

World Health Organization (WHO) officials recently touted the progression of the ACT- Accelerator, noting the initiative has driven progress to accelerate the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative was initiated in April 2020 by the WHO, the European Commission, France, and The Bill &... Read More »

Harvard to aid DHS Blue Campaign

Harvard University has secured $775,000 in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate S&T funds to aid the agency's Blue Campaign. The funds have been earmarked for the university's T.H. Chan School of Public Health to conduct research and evaluate the impact of the... Read More »

NIH touts mosquito protein study benefits

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is espousing the benefits of an AEG 12 mosquito protein study authorities said could help develop treatments to combat life-threatening viruses. Researchers at the NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) used X-ray crystallography... Read More »

Battelle’s assays play role in assessing COVID-19 vaccines

Research and development company Battelle announced Tuesday that it had developed a microneutralization assay that uses live SARS-CoV-2 virus to analyze the neutralizing response against the virus in human serum samples. The assay allows the company to test samples from vaccine clinical trials.... Read More »