Archive by date | November 2012

Mysterious new SARS-like coronavirus came from bats

Mysterious new SARS-like coronavirus came from bats

Genetic analysis has confirmed that the cases of SARS-like viral disease that made headlines this fall—first killing a Saudi Arabian man in June and then sickening a Qatari man in September—were the result of a single coronavirus that made the leap from bats to humans.  Read more

Brigham and Women’s obtains ‘clarity’

Brigham and Women’s obtains 'clarity'

It’s got to be quite a competition when the winner can boast solving a family’s  medical mystery, but those are the bragging rights the clinical genetics division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital captured when it won Boston Children’s Hospital’s first CLARITY contest.  Read more

Insurance challenges may lie ahead for New York labs hit by hurricane

Insurance challenges may lie ahead for New York labs hit by hurricane

At the end of turbulent week, the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy on biomedical research in the Northeast remains unclear, particularly at New York University’s Smilow Research Center, which flooded during the storm. The most devastating loss at the labs there may be the death of thousands of genetically modified mice and rats, and these animals represent the culmination of many years of research and thousands of dollars in funding. Although the cages the rodents lived in may be insured, it’s likely impossible to recoup the money and time spent to engineer the animals themselves. Biomedical scientists may not think about the insurance needs for their labs on a daily basis, and as some Nature Medicine spoke with, it’s not always easy to get experiments up and running even when insurance is in place.  Read more