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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 “Speciation” 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 – 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 – 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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NEWS CRUNCH  
news Singapore Biomedical Company Appointed as a Certified Service Provider by 10x Genomics
news Proteona Honoured with "one to watch" Prize in the Inaugural Spinoff Prize by Nature Research and Merck Grou
news Twist Bioscience and Proteona Join Hands to Protect Immunocompromised Patients from COVID-19 Infection
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