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Fri October 5, 2012

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Fri October 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Arabian Coronavirus: Plot Thickens But Virus Lies Low

Different types of coronaviruses can cause a simple cold or a deadly respiratory illness, such as SARS.
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It now appears that the new coronavirus found on the Arabian Peninsula is more widespread than initially thought, even though only two people are known to have gotten sick from it.

At first it seemed likely that the two known cases of illness from the new cousin-of-SARS virus may have been exposed in or near the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast.

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2:25pm

Fri October 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Your Verdict On Getting A Genome Test? Bring It On

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 3:24 pm

Each strand of DNA is written in a simple language composed of four letters: A, T, C and G.
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The news that the cost of personal genome sequencing will soon drop as low as $1,000 has generated a quite a bit of interest and concern — from medical researchers, biotech companies, bioethicists and the average consumer alike.

NPR's Rob Stein explored many of the implications of this technology in his four-part series "The $1,000 Genome." They're complicated, to say the least.

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2:16pm

Fri October 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

After Ebola Fades, What Happens To The Quarantined?

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 2:25 pm

After testing negative for Ebola, Magdalena Nyamurungi returns home with a new set of belongings from the World Health Organization. Medical workers burned and buried her possessions when they suspected she was infected.
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The Ebola outbreak in Uganda, which started two months ago, has come to a close.

"The Ministry of Health [of Uganda] has been very prudent of declaring the outbreak over," Gregory Hartl, a World Health Organization spokesman, tells Shots. The last case was detected over 42 days ago — or twice the incubation period for the hemorrhagic fever — so new infections are highly unlikely.

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12:16pm

Fri October 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

In-Depth Genome Analysis Moves Toward The Hospital Bed

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 3:47 pm

Rapid whole genome sequencing could provide timely treatment options for infants in intensive care.
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Whole genome sequencing has become an essential tool for researchers. But slow speeds and high costs have helped keep the technology from becoming a routine diagnostic test for doctors.

But that's starting to change. And results from two studies published this week suggest that in-depth personalized genome sequencing could be inching closer to clinical reality.

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