Five percent of babies in US territories, including Puerto Rico, whose mothers had confirmed Zika infections developed microcephaly or other Zika-related birth defects, according to a CDC study in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The findings, based on 2016 to 2017 data involving 2,549 pregnancies, also showed that Zika-related birth defects occurred in 8%, 5% and 4% of infants whose mothers were infected in the first, second and third trimesters, respectively.
Darryl Price from Denville, N.J., who received a lung transplant due to pulmonary fibrosis, ran in NJ Sharing Network's annual 5K Celebration of Life, which benefits the tissue and organ recovery organization. "I think what most people don't get is, it's not that you save lives when you die, but when you check that box, you've already saved lives," Price said.
A Zika vaccine candidate developed by GeoVax protected mice from the Zika virus, researchers reported at the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting in New Orleans. The tests were conducted by the CDC.
Scientists at PolarityTE regenerated fully functional skin on pigs with burns and abrasions, potentially providing a path forward for using autologous tissue to regenerate human skin grafts for burns and wounds. The company expects to start human trials this year.
The reproductive systems of male mice that received a DNA-based Zika virus vaccine candidate developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals remained free of the virus. The study was reported in the journal Nature Communications.
A $10 million Series A funding round will support Platelet BioGenesis' preclinical testing of technology for the generation of platelets from stem cell-derived megakaryocytes. The firm is a spinoff from Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Colombian researchers reviewed a case series involving 17 infants in Colombia whose mothers had Zika virus and found that serial ultrasound identified Zika-related microcephaly at a median gestational age of 28 weeks and a median of 18 weeks after the onset of maternal Zika virus symptoms. The findings in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology also showed that three babies had evident congenital Zika syndrome symptoms such as ventriculomegaly and clubfoot prior to microcephaly diagnosis.
Deadline: Monday, June 19, 8 p.m. EST. The American Association of Tissue Banks has been a proud sponsor of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float since its inception in 2004. This year, the AATB is accepting nominations from accredited banks for one tissue recipient to represent the AATB on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. Submit a nomination today!
Deadline: June 30. The AATB Scientific and Technical Affairs Committee invites the submission of Scientific and Non-Scientific Abstracts for peer review. Accepted abstracts will be scheduled for oral presentation and/or poster display at the 2017 AATB Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Learn more and submit today!