The Daily Dose: We almost told you about heritable emotional trauma but…

We really wanted to tell you about an article about “Parents’ emotional trauma may change their children’s biology” but we ran into a paywall. So maybe someone can tell us about it? We’re interested. Thanks!

Just in case anyone doubted the irrationality that has seeped into the vaccination debate, an article in Forbes provides a succinct run-down of recent examples of vaccination opponents’ attempts at intimidating vaccination advocates. Very often they succeed. Apparently, death threats against a person and family are effective.

Gilead has reported the first clinical evidence that a drug targeting the outside shell of the human immunodeficiency virus, called a capsid, can be effective. It has been a target of drug developers for a long time now. This is positive news, especially since it utilizes a different strategy targeting a different part of HIV.

Here’s one to get your head around. Sanofi has won the OTC rights to Tamiflu in the United States. Much to Roche’s chagrin. Why? FiercePharma explains, “Roche has been hoping its new drug Xofluza can pick up flu sales lost to Tamiflu generics. But under an exclusive deal with Sanofi, it might end up competing with over-the-counter Tamiflu, too.” Things that make you go “Hmmmm…”

It’s hard to fathom that rabies kills more than 59,000 people a year worldwide. But it does. Fortunately, there are noble and dedicated people doing their best to improve the situation. This New York Times longread tells about the efforts of a group called Mission Rabies in Goa, India that amongst other things catches and vaccinates dogs.

Finally, second time’s the charm for the Indian Space Agency and its Mars explorer Chandrayaan-2. The rocket and rover launched successfully and expects to land on the dark side of the moon, if all goes well.

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