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First Ebola-like virus found in Europe

19.12.2011

Madrid – Researchers from Spain and the US have discovered an Ebola-like filovirus in bats in northern Spain. The first known filovirus native to Europe was reported in a study published in the journal PLOS Pathogens (doi:10.1371). The publication resulted from a collaboration between scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Spain, 454 Life Sciences, the Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe, Complutense University and several other Spanish insitutes. In 2002, populations of the common bent-wing bat Miniopterus schreibersii in the Cueva del Lloviu caves, as well as France and Portugal, sustained massive die-offs that destroyed several colonies in less than 10 days. While sequencing the genomes of bat carcasses from Asturias and Cantabria, researcher Ana Negredo and colleagues discovered a novel filovirus identical to Ebola along 73% of its genome. The virus, which they named Llov­iu virus, was not found in healthy bats, which indicates it is associated with the disease rather than simply asymptomatic carriage. “The study is an opportunity to advance knowledge of the natural cycle of the pathogen,” said Negredo, who was one of the authors of the study.

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04.11.2010

Seville – Genetrix S.L. and the Botín Foundation will channel a 6m over the next three years into the new company Axontherapix SL. The public-private partnership will seek to develop an effective therapy for Parkinson’s Disease....

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03.11.2010

Pamplona – With a record-setting Biospain this year, the Spanish biotech industry has underpinned its role as a premier player in the sector in southern Europe. More than 1,400 business representatives flocked to Pamplona, where...

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28.09.2010

Bilbao – Spanish Progenika Biopharma S.A has gained the green light for sale of its LPLchip in Europe. The DNA chip, which has achieved the CE mark, detects approximately 120 mutations in the lipoprotein lipase (LPL) gene and...

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22.09.2010

Madrid – Responding to the current debate surrounding the reactome array investigation, Manuel Ferrer from the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry in Madrid told EuroBiotechNews his team would “clarify all the scientific...

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09.09.2010

Madrid – When Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met his Spanish colleague Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on August 31st, he talked about the Mediterranean country’s role as an important economic partner for China, and said cooperation...

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04.08.2010

Madrid/Braunschweig - Spanish and German scientists who last year reported a groundbreaking technology that is able to identify the whole set of biochemical reactions in bacteria or cells, together with the enzymes involved, have...

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11.07.2010

Barcelona – While the cash-strapped Spanish government is being stripped of its AAA grade investment rating, one of the giants of the country’s life science industry is on a spending spree. Grifols, a producer of plasma protein...

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09.07.2010

Barcelona/Nantes – Biomarker-specialist TcLand Expression in Nantes has found an ally in the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital Research Institute (HVIR) in Barcelona. The French company and the Spanish clinic will work together...

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08.06.2010

Barcelona/Triangle Park – Spanish producer of plasma protein therapies Grifols is to acquire US public biopharmaceutical company Talecris, in a deal worth approximately $3.4 billion (EUR2.8 billion). The merger will improve...

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