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|Articles - November/December 2013|
|Monday, October 28, 2013|
BY LINDA BAKER
To develop a vaccine, researchers typically identify the disease agent, weaken or kill it, then set it loose in the body. The immune system destroys the weakened virus, leaving the vaccinated individual with a host of immune cells to ward off future infection. Alas, that time-honored strategy doesn’t work with HIV; you can’t weaken the virus enough so it is still safe to dole out in vaccine form. HIV is also especially tricky to clear completely from the body. To get around these challenges, Louis Picker, associate director of the OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, created an experimental AIDS vaccine from cytomegalovirus, a virus that is just as persistent as HIV but doesn’t cause disease. In tests on 16 monkeys, the vaccine eliminated an aggressive form of HIV in half of them — the first ever to demonstrate that kind of success. “The standard vaccine generates a big [immune] response, but that response ultimately goes away,” Picker says. “Ours keeps the T-cells armed and ready all the time.” His team is now working to translate the vaccine into a form suitable for humans — and figure out why some of the monkeys were not protected. There are about 50 million HIV infections worldwide; none have been eradicated. With the new vaccine, Picker says, the odds are better. “The score is host 50, virus 50.”
|Thursday, January 30, 2014|
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
A conversation with Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson.
|Thursday, January 23, 2014|
A conversation about MBAs with B-school deans from Marylhurst University and Oregon State University and a list of the top MBA programs in Oregon.
|Thursday, February 20, 2014|
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
As retailers consolidate and newspapers fold, the business of modeling shifts to ad agencies, apparel companies and new media.
|Wednesday, December 11, 2013|
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
The movement to label genetically modified foods suffered a major blow last month with the defeat of ballot measure 522 in Washington state, which would have required manufacturers to label foods containing GM ingredients. So what does 522‘s defeat mean for the GM-labeling efforts in Oregon?
|Tuesday, February 25, 2014|
BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE | OB BLOGGER
The medical research enterprise wastes tens of billions of dollars a year on irrelevant studies. It’s time to fix it.
|Thursday, December 19, 2013|
BY BRANDY CODY | GUEST BLOGGER
With the holidays in full swing, many companies are electing to celebrate with their employees by throwing holiday parties. There is always some degree of risk associated with any company-sponsored function.
|Tuesday, February 25, 2014|
BY LINDA BAKER
A blueberry bush is a blueberry bush — except when it’s a blueberry tree.
|The more they change, the more they stay the same|
|The 2014 List: The Top 33 Large Companies to Work, For in Oregon|
|The 2014 List: The Top 34 Medium Companies to Work, For in Oregon|
|The 2014 List: The Top 33 Small Companies to Work, For in Oregon|
|The future of money|
|Cerberus Capital to buy Safeway|
|U.S. adds 175,000 jobs|
|Bitcoin creator revealed|
|Staples closing 225 stores|
|EU to offer aid package to Ukraine|
|Daily sugar intake 'should be halved'|
|White House reveals 2015 budget|
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