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MDI Bio Lab Receives Funding to Address Arsenic Threat – Mount Desert Islander

Read article – An article reporting on research at the MDI Biological Laboratory notes that students working with scientists from Maine and New Hampshire have analyzed more than 1,500 well water samples in collaboration with the Trace Element Analysis Core at Dartmouth. The public health threat posed by arsenic and other harmful well water contaminants has been a focus of education and research at MDI Biological Laboratory since a 2014 “arsenic summit” held in collaboration with Dartmouth to address approaches to limiting arsenic exposure. The summit led to an educational program titled “All About Arsenic,” which in turn gave rise to a federally funded SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) program and a new CDC grant.

A Vaccination Q&A: Dartmouth Doc Addresses Myths, Concerns About Vaccines – New Hampshire Union Leader

Read article – An interview with Michael Calderwood, associate professor of medicine, to help explain the science around COVID-19 vaccines. Calderwood addresses a wide range of questions on vaccine efficacy, COVID protocols, and concerns about virus variants. “To get out of this, a lot of us are going to need to step forward and be vaccinated when our time comes,” Calderwood said. (Picked up by Yahoo! News.)

The Origin of the Species: The Hunt for SARS-CoV-2 – Pharmacy Practice News

Read article – Continued coverage of comments by Daniel Lucey ’77, Geisel ‘82, clinical professor of medicine, in an article on the World Health Organization’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19. “The most likely [pathway] is that a bat infected some animal species—maybe more than one species—and that species infected humans, and then it took off and, unfortunately, tragically, it was much more contagious than SARS 1 or MERS.”

The Origin of the Species: The Hunt for SARS-CoV-2 – Infectious Disease Special Edition

Read article – Daniel Lucey ’77, Geisel ‘82, clinical professor of medicine, is referenced in an article on the World Health Organization’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19. Lucey was not part of the WHO team that visited China, but is noted for having been involved in researching several outbreaks, including the first two coronavirus epidemics: severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

Researchers Are Hatching a Low-Cost Coronavirus Vaccine – Money Control via The New York Times

Read article – Continued coverage of comments by former Geisel School of Medicine faculty member Jason McLellan in an article about a new COVID-19 vaccine entering clinical trials in several countries. Research that McLellan conducted at Geisel prior to the pandemic contributed to the development of COVID-19 vaccines. At the University of Texas, he helped develop the spike protein HexaPro, a key element of the new NDV-HXP-S vaccine.