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Pathway to Polio Virulence Revealed

By Ashley P. Taylor | March 23, 2017

Using epidemiological and laboratory data, scientists have mapped out a sequence of mutations through which the attenuated oral polio vaccine reverts to a virulent virus.

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Toward a Virus-Free Polio Vaccine

By Ashley P. Taylor | January 19, 2017

Researchers are developing polio vaccines based on the viral capsid alone. When produced in recombinant systems, these could eliminate the need to propagate live poliovirus for vaccine production. 

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Polio Reemerges in Nigeria

By Jef Akst | August 15, 2016

Prior to last week’s announcement of newly confirmed cases, the country had been polio-free for two years.

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Speaking of Microbiology

By Tanya Lewis and Tracy Vence | June 21, 2016

A selection of notable quotes from the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting

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Updating the Polio Vaccine

By Jef Akst | January 4, 2016

Researchers develop new attenuated viruses that could support the eradication effort.

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As the world inches closer to polio eradication, laboratories studying the virus will have to bolster biosafety standards. Eventually, most will need to stop working with the pathogen entirely.

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Polio No Longer Endemic in Nigeria

By Tracy Vence | September 29, 2015

It’s been more than a year since the country has reported a case of wild poliovirus, according to the World Health Organization. 

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Vaccine Virus Sticks Around

By Amanda B. Keener | August 28, 2015

One man shed poliovirus for 28 years after he was vaccinated, researchers report.

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Intelligence Gathering

By Mary Beth Aberlin | July 1, 2015

Disease eradication in the 21st century

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Driven to Extinction

By Jef Akst | July 1, 2015

The eradication of smallpox set the standard for the global elimination of a devastating infectious disease. Will the ongoing polio and guinea worm campaigns be as successful?

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