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A one-shot vaccine for COVID, flu and future viruses? Researchers say it's coming

Salon |
UCR microbiology professor Shou-wei Ding and virologist Rong Hai have pioneered a live, attenuated vaccine strategy that can target the part of a genome that all virus variants share.
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Dangerous bacterial disease reported in multiple dogs in Southern California

UCR parasitologist Adler Dillman is featured in this video report about the risk of salmon poisoning disease, which can be deadly for dogs.
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Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders in the US more likely to believe in climate change: AP-NORC poll

Associated Press |
Karthick Ramakrishnan, a public policy professor at UCR, and founder of AAPI Data, said the richness and detail of the data shows environmental groups need to consider reaching out to AAPI populations. 
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Genetics-based universal vaccine could be effective against any viral strain

Genetics-based "one-and-done" vaccines for the flu and COVID-19 could prove more effective and easier to craft than current jabs, researchers from UC Riverside report. Professor Shou-wei Ding and researcher Rong Hai have innovated a new vaccine method that targets viruses using a different response to infection than what is prompted by current vaccines. Instead of teaching the immune system to create antibodies to fight off a specific virus, the new vaccine would instead teach the body to create small signaling RNA proteins that will shut down harmful viral spread.
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'One and Done': Scientists Develop Vaccine That May Fight Any Viral Strain

U.S. News & World Report |
UCR virologist Rong Hai and microbiology professor Shou-wei Ding created a new vaccine strategy. Instead of teaching the immune system to create antibodies to fight a virus, their vaccine would teach the body to create small RNA proteins to shut down viral spread. 
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New ‘One-And-Done’ Vaccine Method Could Protect Infants—From Covid, Flu—With Just A Single Shot, Study Suggests

Forbes |
UCR scientists Rong Hai and Shou-Wei Ding have developed a new method of creating vaccines that they believe are effective against all strains of a virus, and safe even for babies because the method does not rely on traditional immunity. 
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‘Solar-powered vacuum cleaners’: the native plants that could clean toxic soil

The Guardian |
Danielle Stevenson, a researcher with the environmental toxicology department at the University of California, Riverside, is investigating how native California plants and fungi could be used to clean up contaminated brownfields: land abandoned or underutilized due to industrial pollution. She's leading a team of volunteers to help with the research.
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Rancho Cucamonga Quakes rebrand as Chaquetas, which means ‘jackets’ — and something else

The Press Enterprise |
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes introduced their new Copa de La Diversión team name, the Chaquetas, The name Chaquetas — which means “jackets” in Spanish — is a tribute to Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly, who has donned a mariachi jacket from time to time, including during a 2021 trip to the White House. Some fans were not too supportive because chaqueta can be associated with a sexual act. UCR English Professor Richard T. Rodríguez said the word’s second meaning is “definitely a colloquialism.”