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Vol 13, No 2, February 2009 - Infectious Diseases
Contents

BioBoard

Australia
•  Mosquito Parasite Could Control Dengue

China
•  China has Twice the Global Average of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
•  80 000 Antibiotics Abuse-related Deaths Annually
•  Bird Flu Found in Chicken from China
•  China on Alert following Bird Flu Death
•  Chinese Dairies to Compensate Tainted Milk Victims' Families
•  New Insulin Resistance Tricks Found
•  World's First Plant Chromosome Atlas
•  Project Launched to Study Structure of Proteins
•  Fake Diabetes Drug Linked to Two Deaths
•  Birth Defects Rising in Polluted China

India
•  India Culls Poultry in Darjeeling After Bird Flu
•  India Introduces Second-Line Anti-retroviral Treatment in Eight States
•  Indian Medical Tourism to Reach US$1.9 billion by 2015
•  Canadian and Indian Ministers Sign Pact on Agriculture Cooperation
•  6000 year-old Rice Species Discovered in Meghalaya
•  Genetics to Help Conserve Rare Bird Species

Japan
•  Coating the Protein Enhances Disease-fighting Capability
•  Scientists Isolate Genes that Made 1918 Flu Lethal
•  Researchers in Japan Develop All-round Flu Vaccine

Philippines
•  Ebola Reston Virus Found in Filipino Farm Worker

Singapore
•  New Method to Create iPS Cells
•  Ray of Hope for Liver Cancer Sufferers
•  Bacteria Improve Energy and Cost Efficiency in Water Treatment

Taiwan
•  Secrets of ˇ°Speciationˇ± Gene Unravelled
•  Initial Breakthrough in Poultry Vaccine Development
•  Taiwan Gains Direct Access to WHO

Vietnam
•  Doctors Report First Drug Hypersensitivity Syndrome
•  Public Advised Serious Caution Against Bird Flu

OTHER REGIONS
North America
•  Kids of Pregnant Drinking Mums will Like Booze
•  High Functional Diversity in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Driven By Genetic Drift And Human Demography
•  Newly Discovered Tuberculosis Protein May Help Explain Bacterium's Resilience
•  U.S. Patent For Diagnostic Technology Awarded To URMC, Lighthouse Biosciences

Europe
•  Structure Mediating Spread of Antibiotic Resistance Discovered
•  New EU Pesticide Regulations Will Undermine Fight against Malaria
•  IPill ¨C The Smart Drug Delivery that can "Call" the Doctor
•  What Drives Locusts to Swarm

Feature
•  Novel Photodynamic Therapy of Emerging and Re-emerging Medically Important Viruses
•  TEM PCR Enhances Infectious Disease Diagnosis

Industry Watch
•  Xenome's Library Licensed to MedImmune for a Discovery Partnership
•  pSivida Moving into Cardiovascular Drug Delivery Evaluation
•  Bringing Unique Automated Robotic Systems into China's Healthcare
•  WuXi AppTec Adopts H-Cube(R) from ThalesNano for Laboratory-based Hydrogenation
•  Orexo's Abstral Granted to NovaMed to Break into China's Market
•  Dow India and Royal Castor Collaborate in Castor Oil R&D
•  Arcadia Biosciences and Advanta to Develop Nitrogen Use Efficient Sorghum
•  First Plasma Fractionation Facility in India to Meet Self-sufficiency
•  Daiichi Sankyo Collaborates with The Kitasato Institute to Control Emerging Infectious Diseases
•  JAK2 Inhibitors Developed by S*BIO Target Inroads to North American and European Markets
•  Abbott Bases its First Asian R&D Site in Singapore
•  Singapore and France Tie Up to Build Antibody-Based Therapies
•  AsiaMedic Forges Partnership to Expand into Middle East Market
•  South Korean and U.S. Biopharma Conduct Phase II JX-594 Trial for Liver Cancer

Research and Findings
•  Scientific Breakthrough ¨C Starving Malaria Parasites Curbs the Disease
•  Back to Nature — Medicinal Plants of Nepal Point New Direction to Drug Discovery

People Watch
Singapore
•  Chinese Physician Appointed to Lead Clinical Operations of MDS Pharma Services in Asia
•  Swiss to Helm Takeda Pharmaceuticals Asia Private Limited as New CEO
•  First Asian Honored Prestigious American Award
•  I2R's Researcher Selected as One of the Only Two Nokia Visiting Professors for 2009
•  International Business Honcho Appointed as New Country CEO for Siemens Singapore

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