Daily Archives: August 9, 2014

Ebola treatment pioneered at ASU

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August 05, 2014 8:54 am • By Tom Beal

US gov’t had role in Ebola drug given aid workers

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was o… Read more

Interactive: West Africa Ebola virus outbreak

The experimental treatment that may have saved the lives of two Americans infected with the ebola virus grew from the pioneering efforts of researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, led by Charles Arntzen.

Arntzen, reached by phone Tuesday morning, was quick to note that the treatment for the disease was developed and manufactured by two companies, Mapp Biopharmaceutical of San Diego, and Kentucky Bioprocessing.

It was based on research he and colleagues did with tobacco plants at the ASU center.

“It’s extremely gratifying,” said Arntzen, who said he was surprised that anyone in government had the nerve to offer treatment that had not been thoroughly tested and approved by the FDA.

“Somebody took a risk and it’s going to jumpstart this whole field of research,” he said.

Arntzen, who pioneered the process of producing antigenic proteins from genetically modified plants, said he and his colleagues had been working on a vaccine for Ebola, using tobacco plants.

“I was involved in the initial research funded by the U.S. Army, which gave a grant to ASU, and the idea was we would use plant biotechnology to make both a vaccine and the monoclonal antibody.”

The Associated Press reported that aid workers Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly had been administered the experimental treatment called ZMapp and were improving, though it is impossible to say whether the drug is responsible.

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What Happens if Ebola comes to America?


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Published on Aug 5, 2014

Dick Thompson, World Health Organization Consulting Writer/Editor

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Scientists Link Fracking to Earthquakes…


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Published on Aug 5, 2014

Dr. Anthony Ingraffea Ph.D., P.E., Cornell University & Tyson Slocum, Public Citizen’s Energy Program

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Court OK’s Rampant Antibiotic Use on Factory Farms


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Published on Aug 5, 2014

Patty Lovera, Food & Water Watch

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Nigerians continue to consume Bush meat despite Ebola warnings


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Published on Aug 9, 2014

Almost a thousand people have been killed by Ebola since December. And despite repeated warnings, some people in West Africa are still eating animals that are suspected of carrying the virus. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Lagos.

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Reducing Carbon by Curbing Population – NYTimes.com

By EDUARDO PORTER AUG. 5, 2014

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A schoolgirl in Mali. Education, especially of girls, has played a role in reducing the rate of births. Credit Joel Saget/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Remember the population explosion?

When population was growing at its fastest rate in human history in the decades after World War II, the sense that overpopulation was stunting economic development and stoking political instability took hold from New Delhi to the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, sending policy makers on an urgent quest to stop it.

In the 1970s the Indian government forcibly sterilized millions of women. Families in Bangladesh, Indonesia and elsewhere were forced to have fewer children. In 1974, the United Nations organized its first World Population Conference to debate population control. China rolled out its one-child policy in 1980.

Then, almost as suddenly as it had begun, the demographic “crisis” was over. As fertility rates in most of the world dropped to around the replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman — with the one major exception of sub-Saharan Africa — population specialists and politicians turned to other issues.

By 1994, when the U.N. held its last population conference, in Cairo, demographic targets had pretty much been abandoned, replaced by an agenda centered on empowering women, reducing infant mortality and increasing access to reproductive health.

See also: Overpopulation Can Be Solved by Women

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Overpopulation Can Be Solved by Women


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Published on Aug 8, 2014

Suzanne Ehlers, Population Action International

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Conversations with Great Minds – Richard Heinberg – A Post Carbon Planet


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Published on Aug 8, 2014

In tonight’s “Conversations with Great Minds” Thom discusses what a post carbon planet would look like with the Post Carbon Institute’s Richard Heinberg, author of the book “Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future.”

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Siberian Crater Mystery Solved


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Published on Aug 8, 2014

Dr. Michael Mann, Penn State University / The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars joins Thom Hartmann.

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Are Radiated Fukushima Monkeys the Canaries in the Coal Mine ?


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Published on Aug 5, 2014

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear

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