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Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

Aug 30, 2014

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa. The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were ...

U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

Aug 29, 2014

U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The U.S. Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than ...

Aug 29, 2014

Girls in Colombian town struck by mystery illness

A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalized with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular vaccine against cervical cancer. Authorities say they still don’t know what caused ...

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

Aug 29, 2014

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds (kilograms) — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth. Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the ...

U.S. to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

Aug 29, 2014

U.S. to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

U.S. federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency’s National Institute of Allergy ...

Aug 28, 2014

U.S. protects 20 species of coral as threatened

The U.S. government is protecting 20 types of coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change. As with the polar bear, much of the threat to the coral species is because of future expected problems due to ...