Weeks after Cyclone Idai struck Africa, the situation in Mozambique is at a tipping point, according to reports. Cholera is spreading around the country and, with malaria season coming, officials are understandably concerned. Fortunately, 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine are due to arrive and a vaccination campaign ready to be launched. On top of that, 700,000 mosquito nets are on hand to keep malaria under control. https://nyti.ms/2FLdP0c

A recent parameter used model of disease transmission by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus revealed that during times of severe climate change conditions, exposure to disease transmission increased. However, more moderate climate change scenarios resulted in less severe seasonal outbreaks of disease. According the authors, “overall our results indicate that while climate change will lead to increased net and new exposures to Aedes-borne viruses, the most extreme increases in Ae. albopictus transmission are predicted to occur at intermediate climate change scenarios. http://bit.ly/2UbE3mu

Duke University admitted to using fraudulent data in order to win grant money from the U.S. government and also to publish in elite journals with high impact factors. According to reports, “Researchers’ careers depend more on publishing results with ‘impact’ than on publishing results that are correct. Pursuit of academic success generally means targeting particular journals, citations accrued and, occasionally, media attention.” https://go.nature.com/2FMyCQZ

How much would you pay for a pair of genetically modified lab mice engineered to recreate human disease conditions. The market appears to top out at $17,000, according to Bloomberg. Researchers in China are eager to get their hands on the mice, creating exorbitant demand and upping the price-tag. All of this is being driven by President Xi Jingping’s drive to turn the country into a biopharma power by 2025. https://bloom.bg/2FTQXMe

In honor of Dame Jane Goodall’s 85th Birthday, National Geographic our together a nice little tribute. It’s worth a visit. https://on.natgeo.com/2FOUE5L

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