Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Zika Virus (I). Isolations and serological specificity

Per previous post, no 'patent' data is attributed to Zika, only information pertaining to it's discovery and initial isolation (link may be a bit temperamental). 'Outbreaks' had been rare, and infections insignificant, until recent decades where it's rapid spread has been attributed to living conditions in effected areas promoting increases in the primary vector, mosquitoes, although Zika has also been recorded suspected to have been transmitted through sexual contact.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Unclassified Summary of Information Handling and Sharing Prior to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings

Came across the following researching for a comment on another site. Interesting enough to post here even though it's not directly related to previous topic focus (but may shed light on the way communications failure inform the broader public discussion on such incidents).

Unclassified Summary of Information Handling and Sharing Prior to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings -
"A decade earlier, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev immigrated to the United States from Kyrgyzstan with their parents Anzor Tsarnaev and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva. Anzor Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen, his wife Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, and their son Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrived in the United States from Kyrgyzstan in 2002. They applied for and received an immigration benefit. The elder son, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and his sisters, Bella and Ailina Tsarnaeva, arrived in the United States in 2003 and also received an immigration benefit. In the years that followed, all six family members became Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States."
"In March 2011, the FBI received information from the FSB alleging that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva were adherents of radical Islam and that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was preparing to travel to Russia to join unspecified underground groups in Dagestan and Chechnya. The FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in Boston (Boston JTTF) conducted an assessment of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to determine whether he posed a threat to national security and closed the assessment three months later having found no link or “nexus” to terrorism."
"In September 2011, the FSB provided the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) information on Tamerlan Tsarnaev that was substantively identical to the information the FSB had provided to the FBI in March 2011. In October 2011, the CIA provided information obtained from the FSB to the the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) for watchlisting purposes, and to the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of State for their information. Upon NCTC’s receipt of the information, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was added to the terrorist watchlist."

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Zika Virus Patent

The Zika Virus is a relative of Dengue (Dengue Fever) "Flavivirus" family of viral infections typically prevalent in the African and South American sub-continents (tropics, equatorial, sub-equatorial climates). Patents for the treatment of related viral infections include Zika (Google Patent search oldest entry dates to 1987/88), however there appears to be no Patent application or assignment for the Zika Virus itself, only an original depository of Zika with the ATCC (American Type Culture Collection).

  • Name of Depositor: J. Casals, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Source: Blood from experimental forest sentinel rhesus monkey, Uganda, 1947
  • Year of Origin: 1947
  • References: Dick GW, Kitchen SF, and Haddow AJ. Zika Virus. I. Isolations and Serological Specificity. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 46: 509-520, 1952. PubMed: 12995440