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Feb 05, 2016

While a Zika vaccine is likely years away from development, there’s one company that’s making strong headway. Inovio Pharmaceutical has created a DNA strand that can potentially prevent the virus, using its knowledge from its dengue virus program. It is now testing the vaccine in mice and plans to move into testing primates “in the next few weeks,” said Inovio CEO J. Joseph Kim. To learn more about how this epidemic is playing out in real life, The Sydney Morning Herald sheds insight on what it’s like to live with microcephaly, the birth defect linked to the Zika virus.

CDC declares the Chipotle E. Coli outbreak officially over. The root cause of the infections is still unknown. But while the E. Coli outbreak is winding down, Chipotle’s legal woes worsen as the federal criminal investigation widens.

USDA finalizes new food safety measures to reduce salmonella and campylobacter in poultry. These new standards are estimated to prevent 50,000 illnesses annually.

Microsoft has tested a prototype of a self-contained data center that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean
, eliminating one of the technology industry’s most expensive problems: the air-conditioning bill. 

A new study finds that a
booster vaccine for whooping cough does not provide long-lasting protection. The Tdap booster is meant to protect against pertussis, or whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria. The study found it protected about 69% of adolescents against whooping cough in the first year after vaccination, but protection dropped to 57% of adolescents in the second year, then 25% and 9% in the third and fourth years after vaccination, respectively.

One in four companies say IoT is already delivering some form of business value, according to a new
survey of 200 IT and business leaders released by TEKsystems, an IT staffing company. The survey finds close to one in four organizations (22%) have reached the stage where IoT initiatives "are having a substantial impact" on their businesses.


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