This week on LSCDS #ScienceNews and #Innovation, researchers rejoice in quiet hope as two drugs against Ebola give patients a 90% survival rate in initial clinical trials.

Health workers wearing protective gear check on a patient at an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Meanwhile, in the West, genomic studies indicate the diarrhea-causing bacteria C. difficile is rapidly evolving into two species, one of which is highly adapted to spread in hospitals.

An emergening species of C. difficile, named clade A, was found to make up approximately 70 per cent of the samples taken from hospital patients

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Finally, AgResearch, a research institute in New Zealand, investigates whether tinkering with the bovine gut microbiota can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cows.

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