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  • PARIS/ LONDON, Feb 2- Sanofi has launched a project to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus in the most decisive commitment yet by a major vaccine producer to fight the disease linked to multiple birth defects in Brazil. The move comes a day after the World Health Organization declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus to be an international public health...

  • Waltham, Massachusetts- based Alere, which has annual sales of $2.5 billion, makes tests for infections such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and dengue. "We view the deal positively as we think point-of-care testing is the fastest-growing segment in the diagnostic market," S&P Capital analyst Jeffrey Loo said. Abbott, which has expressed interest in expanding...

  • Zika's effect on cruises Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 11:36 AM ET
    Zika's effect on cruises

    Some cruise line stocks are down in 2016, so how will Zika virus fears impact travel, with Patrick Scholes, Suntrust equity analyst.

  • Intervening in Zika virus Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 11:17 AM ET
    Intervening in Zika virus

    A number of pregnant women are infected with the Zika virus, carrying babies at risk of brain defects, in South America. Infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University, discusses the potential spread to the U.S., saying the Zika virus could be "a more difficult problem" than Dengue fever and the Chikungunya virus.

  • UK scientists get go-ahead to edit human embryos Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 10:43 AM ET

    Scientists in the U.K. have gained permission to modify the genetic make-up of human embryos for the first time.

  • Virginia college student contracts Zika virus Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 9:22 AM ET

    Officials for a university in Virginia say one of its students contracted the Zika virus over winter break.

  • NEW YORK— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says E. coli outbreak at Chipotle restaurants appears to be over, CDC closing investigation.

  • Jan 29- Companies and scientists are racing to create a Zika vaccine as concern grows over the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects and is spreading quickly through the Americas. Brazil, the hardest-hit country, has reported around 3,700 cases of the devastating birth defect called microcephaly that are strongly suspected to be...

  • FACTBOX-Race to develop Zika vaccine Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 1:44 PM ET

    Jan 29- Drugmakers globally are racing to produce a vaccine for Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects. The World Health Organization has warned the disease is spreading explosively through the Americas. But, companies and scientists have made clear that a vaccine for public use is, at the very least, some months away.

  • American Airlines Group Inc, the world's largest airline, and other U.S. carriers are facing mounting concern about the mosquito-borne virus as investors mull a slump in demand to the Caribbean and other tourist hotspots. Zika, linked to birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, could nonetheless become a challenge for American. While airlines have yet to...

  • Jan 28- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Eisai Co Ltd's drug derived from sea sponge for a rare type of soft tissue cancer. The drug, Halaven, was approved for use in patients who have undergone chemotherapy with drugs derived from a type of bacteria, the FDA said on Thursday. Halaven, derived from a marine sponge called Halichondria okadai, was approved...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- American Airlines' president on Friday said it is too early to tell if the rapidly spreading Zika virus will impact travel, but so far the airline has seen no material change to flight bookings. American Airlines President Scott Kirby said on a call with investors that Zika could put a further dent in revenues for American, which has the widest Latin...

  • BRASILIA, Jan 29- Brazil is losing the battle against the mosquito spreading the Zika virus, President Dilma Rousseff said on Friday, calling for a national effort to eradicate the insect. The virus has been linked to thousands of cases of babies being born in Brazil with microcephaly- meaning they have abnormally small heads and brains that have not developed...

  • Hawaii Biotech joins race to develop Zika vaccine Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 9:05 AM ET

    Jan 29- Privately owned vaccine developer Hawaii Biotech Inc has joined the race to produce a vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, a fast-spreading infection which has been linked to severe birth defects in babies. The company initiated a formal program to test a Zika vaccine last fall, as the virus began to gain traction in Brazil, said Chief Executive Dr.

  • SEOUL, South Korea— A court said Friday that exposure to carcinogens at a Samsung chip factory caused a worker's ovarian cancer in the first ruling in South Korea to link the disease with chemicals that chip workers were exposed to. The Seoul Administrative Court said it saw a "significant causal relationship" between the disease and even a low level of toxic...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— Patients with hepatitis C have yet another advanced treatment option, as the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new once-a-day pill developed by drugmaker Merck. The FDA said Merck can begin marketing Zepatier for patients with two of the subtypes the liver-destroying virus, types 1 and 4. Merck& Co. said the price will be $54,600...

  • Bolstered by blistering sales of its Opdivo immuno-oncology drug and its Eliquis blood clot preventer, Bristol-Myers expects earnings this year of $2.30 to $2.40 per share. "They've made courageous decisions to streamline expenses, and their reduced revenue base will also fuel earnings growth," said Guggenheim Partners analyst Tony Butler.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 28- In the two weeks since bird flu reappeared in Indiana, U.S. veterinarians have swabbed the mouths of chickens and turkeys across the country, racing to uncover any more infections and contain the virus before it causes mass death and damage like last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Jan. 15 that a turkey flock in Dubois County,...

  • Jan 28- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Eisai Co Ltd's drug derived from sea sponge for a rare type of soft tissue cancer which has no approved treatment so far. The drug, Halaven, was approved for use in patients who have undergone chemotherapy with drugs derived from a type of bacteria, the FDA said on Thursday. Halaven, derived from a marine sponge...

  • Jan 28- Lufthansa, British Airways and JetBlue on Thursday became the latest international carriers to offer rebookings or refunds for tickets to areas affected by the Zika virus, as the World Health Organization expressed concern about the swift spread of the mosquito-borne disease. The virus is present in more than 20 countries and territories in the...