Friday Morning Briefing (U.S. Edition)

Money Problems: Sanofi’s collaboration with the U.S. Army to develop a Zika vaccine has led to a major pricing disagreement between the two. Sanofi rejected the inclusion of pricing precisions that would guarantee affordable pricing. Understandably, the rest of the world disagrees.

Improving Bone Healing: Researchers have combined ultrasound, stem cell and gene therapy to improve bone repair. It promises to be particularly useful with nonunion fractures. Unfortunately, tests have only been performed on animals.

DOE Defenders: Six GOP senators sent a letter to President Trump calling on him to maintain levels of funding for Department of Energy research programs in the full fiscal 2018 budget.

Chlorine Deficiency: The CDC is reporting an increase in outbreaks of parasitic infection caused by Cryptosporidium. At least 32 of the outbreaks have been linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds.

The Spark of Life: Chemists appear to be inching closer to understanding how life began on Earth. A recent study identified simple reactions that closely resemble the ones that first generated nucleic acids.

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