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The Rise of Zika—Another Mosquito Virus in the Americas

Zika, the latest mosquito-borne virus to emerge in the Americas, is rapidly becoming a public health crisis. In Brazil, it is suspected in a sharp increase in microcephaly (a birth defect that results in newborns with smaller than normal head size), leading to anxiety amongst expecting mothers and a travel advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traditionally, the virus has been fairly benign, causing a rash and a fever that is usually non-life threatening. Professor Albert Ko, chair of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health, has been working with colleagues in Brazil for months to understand if the virus has changed and what is causing the birth defects in newborns. (more…)

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‘Digging’ for color: The search for Egyptian Blue in ancient reliefs

Bright colors are a rare sight in the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) ancient sculpture hall. The gallery’s now-white objects were once brightly painted, their brilliant colors having faded or been destroyed over time. A team of Yale researchers is now working in the museum’s ancient galleries to map one of the long-lost pigments — Egyptian Blue — on two reliefs from ancient Assyria. (more…)

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