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An estimated 71 million people are living with the hepatitis C virus, not 130 million to 150 million, as previously believed. Ramon Andrade/Science Source

New report halves the number of people infected with hepatitis C worldwide

A new World Health Organization (WHO) report chops the estimated number of people around the world living with the liver-damaging hepatitis C virus (HCV) in…

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Bill Steiger in January spoke at an event that offered the Trump administration advice about how to prepare for the next pandemic. Georgetown University

Trump recruits controversial Bush-era global health official

William “Bill” Steiger, a global health official under former President George W. Bush who crossed swords with many scientists, is now advising President Donald Trump.…

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A new patent claim and legal maneuvering have enlivened the fight over who controls rights to CRISPR, a genome-editing method. Mopic/Alamy Stock Photo

Europe says University of California deserves broad patent for CRISPR

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced on 23 March its “intention to grant a patent” to the University of California (UC) for its broad-based claims…

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Muhammad Ali Pate was one of three candidates to lead the Global Fund, but the group has decided to reopen its search. DFID/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

After fracas, Global Fund abandons plan to pick new chief and reopens search

Leaks. Concerns about alienating President Donald Trump. Allegations about conflicts of interest. All of those reasons factored in to a surprise decision today by the…

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HIV surface proteins (salmon) rapidly mutate to dodge antibodies (lime and blue) so some vaccines direct immune responses to viral pieces that rarely change. Donald Bliss and Sriram Subramaniam/NIH

AIDS vaccine may be ‘functional cure’ for some

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—Positive results from small clinical studies without control groups often get dismissed as anecdote, and for good reason: Many don’t pan out in more…

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