20 Sep '11, 12am

Sharks and anti-virus compound for humans

Sharks and anti-virus compound for humans

A compound initially isolated from sharks shows potential as a unique broad-spectrum human antiviral agent, according to a study led by a Georgetown University Medical Center investigator and reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition online Sept. 19. The compound, squalamine, has been in human clinical trials for the treatment of cancer and several eye disorders, and so has a well-known safety profile, suggesting it can be quickly tested as a new class of drugs to treat infections caused by viruses ranging from dengue and yellow fever to hepatitis B, C, and D. In both lab and animal experiments, the compound effectively demonstrated antiviral activity against these human pathogens, some of which cannot now be effectively treated. "To realize that squalamine potentially has broad antiviral properties is immensely exciting, especially sinc...

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A Summer of Humans vs. Grizzlies

A Summer of Humans vs. Grizzlies

green.blogs.nytimes.com 19 Sep '11, 7pm

Reuters A grizzly bear loping through Yellowstone National Park in August. The summer of grizzlies continues in the Rocky ...

Sharks saved from soupy fate set free at sea - Channel NewsAsia

Sharks saved from soupy fate set free at sea - ...

channelnewsasia.com 06 Sep '11, 5am

PATTAYA, Thailand - Saved from the soup bowl at a Thai restaurant, the baby shark wriggled out of the bag and into the ope...

Humans Are Hardwired to Respond to Animals, Say...

treehugger.com 12 Sep '11, 4am

According to a press-release from UCLA, researchers recruited 41 epilepsy patients and monitored activity in their amygdal...

Humans Are Hardwired to Respond to Animals, Say...

treehugger.com 12 Sep '11, 4am

According to a press-release from UCLA, researchers recruited 41 epilepsy patients and monitored activity in their amygdal...

Long live the sharks! California Passes Ban on Shark Finning

Long live the sharks! California Passes Ban on ...

switchboard.nrdc.org 08 Sep '11, 11pm

I am very proud to say that just this week California took a historic step in the right direction. My Golden State voted t...