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Sumaia Villela, correspondent from Agência Brasil
Scientists from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in Pernambuco discovered a substance that can block Zika virus. However, years of study are still necessary before the 6-methylmercaptopurine riboside (6MMPr) can be turned into a medicine and be produced in large scale.
The substance is believed to imitate part of the virus, which is inserted into its genome for replication. The success obtained by the specialists reached over 99%.
Isabela Vieira reports from Agência Brasil
The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) confirmed Friday (Feb. 5) the presence of the Zika virus, potentially capable of causing infection, in samples of saliva and urine. Fiocruz President Paulo Gadelha says the new forms of transmission will be further studied from now on.
“This confirmation is of great significance as it changes the way we conduct research as well as its level,” he reported.
The Brazilian Navy’s Barroso corvette rescued 220 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, reported the Ministry of Defense in a statement released on its website. The Brazilian ship was sailing towards Beirut, in Lebanon, when received an alert from the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to warn about a sinking vessel, taking on board immigrants going to Europe.
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The G20 Seoul communiqué and Action Plan on Development, in its pillar on Food Security, endorsed the five “Rome principles” of the 2009 World Food Summit on Food Security and underscored the need to enhance policy coherence and coordination within the existing agricultural research systems.