Tuesday, October 21, 2014

'Left a Bible in a hotel room'


Today an American citizen who had been arrested in North Korea for leaving a Bible in a hotel was released from detention.

http://m.christianpost.com/news/american-tourist-arrested-in-north-korea-for-hostile-activities-after-leaving-bible-at-hotel--121089/

The American detainee Jeffrey Fowle, accused of 'anti-state crime', is en route to the U. S.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/10/north-korea-releases-jeffrey-fowle.html 


Isn't it ironic?.. that at the same time.. here in America there is also (a rash of) intolerance to the moral principles contained in the Bible?

  1. http://time.com/3514166/houston-pastors-sermons-subpoenaed/
  2. http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/19/idaho-city-to-christian-pastors-preform-same-sex-weddings-or-face-jail/
  3. http://www.hrc.org/press-releases/entry/federal-lawsuit-filed-to-challenge-mississippi-ban-on-marriage-equality

As time progresses our nation, the last bastion of freedom... especially religious liberty is quickly being supplanted with a NWO-politically correct, new intolerant... everything goes immorality which uses force to promote its values.
Isn't it peculiar?
This newfangled decadent movement shares many of the same tactics used all over the world by anarchists, socialists, and the prolific Jesuits;  whose credo 'the end justifies the means', and by any means necessary', Ordo ab Chao, and Hegelian Dialectics exemplify the diabolical paradigm shift we are seeing take place in our once called 'land of the free'.

In closing, I wonder:

How much longer will it be  before Bibles are banned in America?  And, possessing a Bible is a criminal offense?

Any day now.  As prophesied in the Bible.

Arsenio

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Idaho Pastors Face Jail Time, Thousands in Fines for Not Performing Gay Weddings



BY ANUGRAH KUMAR , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR
October 20, 2014|8:37 am



(PHOTO: REUTERS/ADREES LATIF)

A same-sex couple marries in New York, June 20, 2012.


Two ordained Christian pastors in Idaho have filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for temporarily restraining Coeur d'Alene city officials from forcing them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or face prosecution for violating "non-discrimination" laws.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the lawsuit and the motion on behalf of Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel and have been required by city officials to perform gay ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines.

The city says its non-discrimination ordinance requires them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have overridden Idaho's voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

"The government should not force ordained ministers to act contrary to their faith under threat of jail time and criminal fines," ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said in a statement.

"Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that's what is happening here — and it's happened this quickly," Tedesco added. "The city is on seriously flawed legal ground, and our lawsuit intends to ensure that this couple's freedom to adhere to their own faith as pastors is protected just as the First Amendment intended."

The city is "unconstitutionally coercing" the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies "in violation of their religious beliefs, their ordination vows, and their consciences," the lawsuit states.

The couple, both in their 60s, can either violate their religious convictions and ministerial vows by performing gay wedding ceremonies or follow their religious convictions and vows by declining to perform such ceremonies and face up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, it adds.

"Worse, each day the Knapps decline to perform a requested same-sex wedding ceremony, they commit a separate and distinct misdemeanor, subject to the same penalties. Thus, if the Knapps decline a same-sex wedding ceremony for just one week, they risk going to jail for over three years and being fined $7,000," the lawsuit explains.

"The government exists to protect and respect our freedoms, not attack them," Tedesco underlined. "The city cannot erase these fundamental freedoms and replace them with government coercion and intolerance."

It seems the city expects ordained pastors to "flip a switch and turn off all faithfulness to their God and their vows," ADF Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs said. "The U.S. Constitution as well as federal and state law clearly stand against that. The city cannot mandate across-the-board conformity to its interpretation of a city ordinance in utter disregard for the guaranteed freedoms Americans treasure in our society."

Compelling the couple to "speak words in ceremonies that they think are immoral is an unconstitutional speech compulsion," Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, wrote in an op-ed piece on the case for The Washington Post.

"Given that the Free Speech Clause bars the government from requiring public school students to say the pledge of allegiance, or even from requiring drivers to display a slogan on their license plates, the government can't require ministers — or other private citizens — to speak the words in a ceremony, on pain of either having to close their business or face fines and jail time."


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Houston Pastor Subpoenas Shows Extremism Already on the Shores of America



12:00PM EDT 10/20/2014 DEBORAH HAMILTON




In a country built on freedom, five pastors in Houston were served subpoenas for their sermons. (TaurusAuriga/Wikimedia Commons)

Pastors around the country saw an unthinkable scenario play out in America last week—one many never thought they'd see in their lifetime. In a country built on freedom, five pastors in Houston were served subpoenas, and attorneys demanded the submission of sermon notes and conversations with congregation members relating to homosexuality or transgenderism.

Sam Rohrer, a longtime legislator and president of American Pastors Network, says the recent news out of Houston proves there are three distinct extreme movements happening simultaneously in America—all aimed at stripping freedom of religion and freedom of speech from Christians.

"This disturbing news about our fellow pastors in Houston has far-reaching implications," Rohrer said. "I see three sectors of the American culture, which by their own actions, are demonstrating hatred toward God, Christianity, Jesus Christ, religious freedom, morality, decency, the Rule of Law and the Constitution.

"While their intentions and goals are different, the extreme tactics and messaging of Islam, Communism/Marxism/atheism and the well-organized, well-funded homosexual agenda have frightening similarities: all demand agreement with them, or else. This is where political correctness and forsaking God has brought this nation. It's time that all those who would not subscribe to the ideologies of these three groups stand together, or we will hang separately.

"The issue in Houston began last year, when the city elected its first openly lesbian mayor. This spring, Mayor Annise Parker and two City Council members pushed an ordinance that gave special rights to homosexuals and the transgender individuals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) allowed men to use women's restrooms and vice versa, all in the name of 'equal rights,'" he added.

"The people of Houston protested and gathered more than 50,000 signatures on a petition opposing the ordinance—well over double the number necessary to put the issue in front of voters. But Parker and the Council threw out the petition, citing irregularities. The mayor and the city are facing a lawsuit over the ordinance, and while fighting it, attorneys subpoenaed five pastors for their sermon notes dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Parker herself. Last week, Parker admitted that the subpoenas may have been 'overly broad,' but they have yet to be recalled.

"While the issue in this case is homosexuality," Rohrer continued, "the underlying philosophy of thought policing is exactly the same as what we see with Islamic Sharia law. In each case, dissent is not permissible. This is yet another reason Sharia law is incompatible with our U.S. Constitution. Under our Constitution, religious leaders are free to teach against Christianity, but Sharia law would mean pastors would be targeted for preaching Christ. And already, this is happening, as pastors are facing pressure by groups who have their own extreme agendas."

How long will it be, Rohrer asked, before pastors will be quieted about educating their churches on the dangers of the infiltration of Islam and Sharia Law in America? One pastor was already censored in August when his videotaped sermon on ISIS was removed from YouTube and his account was frozen. YouTube has since reversed its ban on Pastor Daniel Ausbun of First Baptist Church in Moreland, Georgia, and his account is live again.

Alliance Defending Freedom is helping the Houston pastors, and one of its attorneys, Christina Holcomb, said in a statement that "political and social commentary is not a crime. It is protected by the First Amendment."


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Post Bank SDAs may skip work on Sabbath



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CAROLE MAINA



LOST BATTLE: Kenya Post Bank building in Nairobi CBD.Photo/File


THREE Seventh Day Adventist Church members employed by a bank have won a battle after the High Court ruled that their rights were violated by the employer compelling them to work on Saturdays.

Prisca Kemboi, Grace Osoro and Kennedy Tai, who work for the Kenya Post Office Savings Bank, had been accused and each surcharged more than Sh20,000 for absconding duty on Saturday.

Yesterday, Justice Linet Ndolo of the Industrial Court ruled that the bank's action was in violation of their right to observe their day of worship.

The judge directed Post Bank to review its policy on hours of work to accommodate all SDAs' rights to observe their day of worship on Saturday.

Ndolo further banned the bank from taking disciplinary action against any SDA for skipping work on Saturday.

“Matters of conscience and religion are uniquely personal and for an employer to simply insist that its employees must report to work on Saturday and ignore their day of worship is to miss the point,” she ruled.

Among the fundamental tenets of the SDA faith is the observance of the hours between sunset on Friday and sunset on Saturday as a day of worship.

Before, the three had not been required to work on Saturdays.

The court heard that the bank had generally allowed arrangements such as working through the lunch break, working extra hours in the evenings and on Sundays to compensate for the half day work hours that they did not serve on Saturdays.

However, the bank recently cancelled the arrangements and compelled the three to work on Saturdays.

When they failed to do so, the bank instituted disciplinary proceedings and warned that failure to observe official working hours would lead to more severe disciplinary action.

Their appeal against the decision was rejected.

It was the petitioner’s argument that the bank's actions was in contravention of the constitution, which guarantees them freedom of conscience, religion and belief and equality and freedom from discrimination.

The three accused the bank of favouring the Islamic faith, whose worshipers are allowed to be absent from work on Fridays to observe their day of worship.

In response, bank’s company secretary Mercy Mbijiwe said the three had accepted their responsibilities with full knowledge and understanding of the duties and especially the requirement to work six days a week.

She maintained that Saturday is an official working day for all its employees and what the three were seeking is to be given preferential treatment at the expense of others.

The bank said granting orders in favour of the three would open a pandora's box where employees of diverse religions will insist on taking time off to observe their various days of worship.

In the judgment, Justice Ndolo said an employee who is denied the opportunity to observe their day of worship will not be productive.

"A human resource policy that does not accommodate the unique spiritual needs of employees is unreasonable," she ruled.

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SCOTUS GRANTS WORKPLACE RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION CASE SUPPORTED BY ADVENTISTS







The U.S. Supreme Court is located in Washington, D.C. [photo: Wikimedia Commons]


CHURCH FILED AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING MUSLIM WOMAN WEARING HIJAB

October 02, 2014 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | Ansel Oliver

The Supreme Court of the United States today accepted its first workplace religious freedom case in nearly 30 years, one that Seventh-day Adventists and other faith groups had urged the nation’s top court to grant.

The case, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., involves a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her hijab—a head covering—violated corporate policy. Adventist feared that a ruling by a lower court could eroded workplace religious freedom rights, including those of Adventists who choose not to work on Saturday, the biblical Sabbath.

The Adventist Church in August filed an amicus brief, or “friend-of-the-court” brief, joined by seven other faith groups urging the Supreme court to hear the case.

At issue, according to Church legal counselors, is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which obligates employers to take steps to “reasonably accommodate” a prospective employee’s “religious observance or practice.”

“We’re hopeful the Supreme Court will take a friendly view toward Title VII and realize its importance, specifically the broad protection that the law intended,” said Todd McFarland, associate general counsel for the Adventist world church.

A date for oral argument has yet to be scheduled.

The case stems from a 2008 incident in which Samantha Elauf wore a hijab when applying for a sales position at an Abercrombie & Fitch store in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After a manager confirmed with a supervisor that Elauf’s headwear violated store policy, she was deemed ineligible for hire without discussion of religious accommodation.

Source: "Adventist News Network"




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Seventh-Day Adventists To Vote On Women's Ordination In 2015



Religion News Service | By Adelle M. Banks
Posted: 10/19/2014 8:14 am EDT Updated: 10/19/2014 8:59 am EDT




SILVER SPRING, Md. (RNS) Seventh-day Adventists opted for a middle-way approach on the divisive issue of women’s ordination on Tuesday (Oct. 14), kicking the question to next year’s worldwide meeting without taking a firm stance either for or against women’s ordination.

Next year’s debate will come nearly 100 years after the death of Adventist matriarch Ellen White and could settle decades of disagreement over whether women should be allowed to be ordained in the 18 million-member church she co-founded.

The church’s Annual Council voted to refer the matter to the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio. Under the proposal, regional church bodies would be able to decide whether to ordain women pastors.

“Is it acceptable for division executive committees, as they may deem it appropriate in their territories, to make provision for the ordination of women to the gospel ministry?” is the question that will be asked at the 2015 worldwide gathering in Texas.

Tuesday’s 243-44 vote marks the latest step in a debate that has divided the denomination, which time and again has voted to not permit women’s ordination.

Despite the churchwide ban on ordaining women, several U.S. regional groups have voted for women to be ordained. The Adventists’ Southeastern California Conference elected a female president, and several of the church’s 13 worldwide divisions have approved theological reviews suggesting that women’s ordination should be widely accepted.

Women pastors have often held a “commissioned” credential without being formally ordained.
More than 500 people attending Tuesday’s meeting at church headquarters in Silver Spring heard both sides of the issue after a task force spent two years studying theological questions about ordination.

Artur Stele, who chaired the Theology of Ordination Study Committee, said the 106-member panel gained a consensus on the theology of ordination but not on whether women should be ordained.

“If someone has made up his mind or her mind, it is impossible to change it,” he said. “Very, very little change took place. This really reminds me of our need to be open for God’s guidance.”

The committee outlined options ranging from outright prohibition to allowing women’s ordination in some regional bodies where it is deemed “appropriate” but not forcing any individual pastor or congregation “to support such diversity.”

Stele, along with other speakers, said the church cannot keep pushing off a final decision.

“Then the task would be an eternal task,” he said. “Even when Jesus would come we would still be in the final sections of the report.”

SDA President Ted N.C. Wilson said the 127-page committee report was endorsed by an array of church leaders. But, in an attempt to move toward a final resolution, those officers also recommended that a question be brought to the 2015 meeting “that is not a weighted question one way or another,” Wilson said.

For hours, the delegates debated whether the question was unbiased, should be changed or would split the church.

Dan Jackson, who heads the Adventists’ North American Division, supports women clergy and said “we will not break the church if individual divisions have the right to ordain women.”

Alberto C. Gulfan Jr., president of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division, expressed his appreciation for how women serve in many evangelistic and educational roles — including “Sabbath school superintendents” — but said his division has not affirmed their ordination as pastors. He, too, wants a final vote by the General Conference delegates.

“We are also supporting this recommendation to bring this to the General Conference in session and let the world church decide on the issue once and for all,” he said.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Sabbath


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Comment:

Here's another gateway to the cashless society.


What will happen when all money becomes obsolete? And all money transactions are done with smartphones?

If your phone's battery is dead how will you be able to buy?  Or, if you forget your password how will you gain access to your funds?


For those needing confirmation that Bible prophecy comes to pass, here's more proof.  A microchip is not needed to impose the restrictive law forbidding the faithful the means of buying and selling... This Apple platform will be used by Visa, eventually MasterCard;  Afterwards America Express and Discover...  Soon banks will provide their account holders to access their bank checking through their smartphones and conduct monetary transactions replacing ATM cards.  BTW, this type of payment system is already being used in Asia and Africa, where purchases are made with smartphones.  Prophecy is being fulfilled yet again.


Keep the Faith!

Maranatha

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ebola and the Danger of Globalization


Land Destroyer: Ebola and the Danger of Globalization: Whatever the cause - conspiracy or incompetence - the recent Ebola outbreak illustrates the dangers of centralized globalization, and opens...

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Houston subpoenas pastors' sermons in equal rights ordinance case




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Nearing the End



Day after day is passing into eternity, bringing us nearer to the close of probation. As never before we must pray for the Holy Spirit to be more abundantly bestowed upon us, and we must look for its sanctifying influence to come upon the workers, that those for whom they labor may know that they have been with Jesus and have learned of Him.

We need spiritual eyesight, that we may see the designs of the enemy, and as faithful watchmen proclaim the danger. We need power from above, that we may understand, as far as the human mind can, the great themes of Christianity and their far-reaching principles.

Those who are under the influence of the Spirit of God will not be fanatical, but calm and steadfast, free from extravagance in thought, word, or deed. Amid the confusion of delusive doctrines, the Spirit of God will be a guide and a shield to those who have not resisted the evidences of truth, silencing every other voice but that which comes from Him who is the truth.

We are living in the last days, when error of a most deceptive character is accepted and believed, while truth is discarded. The Lord will hold both ministers and people responsible for the light shining upon them. He calls upon us to work diligently in gathering up the jewels of truth, and placing them in the framework of the gospel. In all their divine beauty they are to shine forth in the moral darkness of the world. This cannot be accomplished without the aid of the Holy Spirit, but with this aid we can do all things. When we are endowed with the Spirit, we take hold by faith of infinite power. There is nothing lost of that which comes from God. The Saviour of the world sends His messages to the soul, that the darkness of error may be dispelled. The work of the Spirit is immeasurably great. It is from this source that power and efficiency come to the worker for God.

Gospel Workers, pp. 288,289
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Rockefeller Foundation’s Futurist Paper Details ‘Ebola Plot’


OCTOBER 8, 2014 BY
21st Century Wire says…

It’s the stuff of Sci-Fi horror, and it’s no longer confined to Hollywood…



While elite US and European families like the Rockefellers, along with their dynastic underlings like Bill Gates (image, above) continue their obsession with over-population, while investing heavily in vaccines and dispensaries in the Third World, terms continue to become blurred by evermore deceptive labeling of seemingly artificial threats:

“Other lines of current immunological contraceptive research continue to seek what, during the 1930s, Max Mason of the Rockefeller Foundation called “anti-hormones”: vaccines to block hormones needed for very early pregnancy and a vaccine to block the hormone needed for the surface of the egg to function properly.”

Considering current events, this should be a subject of concern to the public at large…

The article below, by author Shepard Ambellas, looks at this influential US foundation/think tank’s idea, or future scenario where a ‘New World’ is be formed following a major biological pandemic. The prestigious Rockefeller Foundation appears to have already mapped out our future for us:

“The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains.”

The present Ebola scare is fast fitting perfectly into Rockefeller’s ‘Flu pandemic’ mind-scaping exercise. As 21WIRE reported last week, the US is setting the pace for hyping the Ebola scare, but at the same time helping to conceal the true nature and the lab-based pedigree of this latest deadly outbreak in West Africa. When you combine this with this with traditional Rockefeller funding and support for global government and the eugenics agenda, it’s not hard to see how a pandemic like Ebola could help to fast-track long-term goals and objectives of the Establishment’s family-owned cartels.

The naysayers might be shocked at the possibility of a Big Pharma Ebola, or other pandemic conspiracy, but it would be naive to think that there’s not a profit motive at work here.




Margaret Sanger (1883-1966), founder of Planned Parenthood.Eugenics is based the idea that people or races deemed inferior to western Europeans, and even the poor European underclasses, should be gradually culled in what advocates call ‘population control’. Sadly, eugenics, or neoeugenics thinking is still very prevalent among elites in Europe and North America who consider themselves the rightful rulers of a planetary fifedom, and many critics have pointed to foundations and foundation-funded racist roots of organizations like Planned Parenthood, and many others, as being the main instruments of this toxic social engineering agenda. Author Aaron Dykes reports in detail here:

“Following World War II, Eugenics was re-branded to cast of its associations with the Nazis, and emerged, as it were, in the form of such social policy topics as “population control,” “family planning,” abortion/Planned Parenthood, health care, various types of genetics, even laced in between such screeds as global warming/climate change – which leads to arguments about reducing the burden of over-population upon the earth.”

During a TED talk in 2010, software billionaire and vaccine magnate Bill Gates publicly alluded his preferences when it comes to depopulation:

“The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”

Already, US authorities are rolling out Ebola screening for passengers on all US flights, and a recent case in Spain has sparked greater calls to ban any flights from West Africa to Europe and North America. Many will applaud authorities for their vigilance against a potentially deadly pandemic, but events take on another dimension of concern when viewed in the context of elite institution predictive reports, like “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development”, by the Rockefeller Foundation.




Rockefeller Foundation fictional scenario depicts pandemic to be used for “top-down government control”

Current Ebola outbreak predicted, fictionalized as “flu”

By Shepard Ambellas

Intellihub.com
A Rockefeller Foundation white paper published in May of 2010 titled, Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development, takes a look at hypothetical future scenarios which may be used to benefit privy globalist corporations, businessmen and organizations at a later time.

Shockingly published in the Scenario Narratives section on page 18, titled Lock Step, the Rockefeller Foundation nearly hit the nail on the head with their futuristic and fictitious scenario. I mean what are the chances? Come on. It literally follows lockstep.

An excerpt from page 18 reads:

“In 2012, the pandemic that the world had been anticipating for years finally hit. Unlike 2009’s H1N1, this new influenza strain originating from wild geese was extremely virulent and deadly. Even the most pandemic-prepared nations were quickly overwhelmed when the virus streaked around the world, infecting nearly 20 percent of the global population and killing 8 million in just seven months, the majority of them healthy young adults. The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains. Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers.

The pandemic blanketed the planet though disproportionate numbers died in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America, where the virus spread like wildfire in the absence of official containment protocols. But even in developed countries, containment was a challenge. The United States’s initial policy of “strongly discouraging” citizens from flying proved deadly in its leniency, accelerating the spread of the virus not just within the U.S. but across borders. However, a few countries did fare better China in particular. The Chinese government’s quick imposition and enforcement of mandatory quarantine for all citizens, as well as its instant and near-hermetic sealing off of all borders, saved millions of lives, stopping the spread of the virus far earlier than in other countries and enabling a swifter post-pandemic recovery.”

Basically, the publication is insinuating that a new world will be formed after a pandemic strikes, allowing “top-down government control” and “more authoritarian leadership”. And you know what? They may not be that far off.

The white paper goes on to fantasize how the Chinese government best dealt with the pandemic as their quarantine and forced detention methods were stringent.


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TED

TED:
  • Technology
  • Entertainment 
  • Development

http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/?showDate=2014-10-10



What does TED stand for?


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TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Ted talks are a motivational ways to improve your life, while learning a variety of new "life tricks" and many self improvement techniques.

http://answers.wikia.com/wiki/What_does_TED_stand_for


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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

African-American Vegetarians have better Health


African-American Vegetarians have better Health · August 01, 2014




A recent study at Loma Linda University showed that African-American vegetarians are at lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. The study, which was part of the University’s long-term research on Seventh-day Adventists, was done on a range of Adventists from strict vegetarians to those who eat meat.

The findings revealed that among black vegetarians there is a nearly 50 percent lower risk of high blood pressure, and more than 40 percent less likelihood of obesity. Up until the last 10-15 years, most studies were primarily focused on white males. This study revealed that the same effects of lifestyle differences are seen in more diverse ethnicities.

While the results of this study are unsurprising, it is further confirmation that the vegetarian lifestyle leads to better health. The study also revealed that there is little difference between those who ate a little meat or only fish and people who ate meat at every meal.

Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet. Ministry of Healing, page 296

Study finds black vegetarians healthier than their meat-eating counterparts


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'Red Card' system to ban 'Hate Preachers' from Australia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott flags 'red card' system to ban 'hate preachers' fr from Australian visas


 BY POLITICAL REPORTER JAMES GLENDAY

UPDATED ABOUT 2 HOURS AGO

Source:
http://abc.net.au/news/2014-10-08/abbott-flags-red-card-system-hate-preachers-visa/5797750



Hizb ut-Tahrir flyer

PHOTO Hizb ut-Tahrir's public lecture will focus on the West's role in attacking the "noble Syrian revolution".

HIZB UT-TAHRIR

Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants to set up a "red card" system to stop "hate preachers" getting visas to come to Australia.

 Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir has planned to hold a public lecture in Sydney on Friday about the US-led military action in Iraq and Syria.

 The lecture, entitled The War To End The Blessed Revolution, will focus on the West's role in attacking the "noble Syrian revolution".

 "There's no point in importing troublemakers from overseas to stir people up," Mr Abbott told Macquarie Radio.


AUDIO 2:28 Listen to James Glenday's report Press conference in Canberra AM

 "The thing I do want to do swiftly ... is put in place a system whereby these preachers of hate - such as the individual I believe is the top drawer speaker on Friday night - these preachers of hate are not allowed into Australia."

 Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Uthman Badar said Mr Abbott's announcement did not come as a surprise.

 He said the speakers for Friday's public lecture are all "local".

 "There are no 'top draw' or international speakers. Evidently, the Prime Minister is not interested in facts when seeking to silence political dissent or whip up Islamophobic hysteria," Mr Badar said in a statement.

 The Government already has sweeping powers to deny people entry into Australia.

 The character test in the Migration Act allows the Immigration Minister and the Department to refuse or cancel a visa for a variety of reasons.


VIDEO 1:51 Tony Abbott tells people preaching extreme ideologies to 'not bother' trying to enter Australia Tony Abbott tells foreigners preaching extreme ideologies to "not bother" trying to enter Australia ABC NEWS

They include if a person has a "substantial criminal record", if there is a risk they will "vilify a segment of the Australian community" and if "the person is found to be not of good character".

 Mr Abbott said he did not think new legislation would be needed to introduce the red card system.

  "What needs to happen is better coordination between our agencies so that Immigration knows who these people are, it can tag them should they apply for a visa and it can refuse visas to people who are coming to this country to peddle extreme and alien ideologies", Mr Abbott said.

 "I am sorry we have not red-carded these hate preachers before now but it will happen and it will happen quickly."
Take a look at the Immigration Department's character requirement for those seeking to enter or stay in Australia.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said senior ministers already had enough powers.

 "If the talk is on Friday, I'm informed the existing laws are able to deal with hate speech," Mr Shorten told reporters.

"The Foreign Minister or the Minister for Immigration currently have the capacity to refuse a visa applicant entry." 

Abbott frustrated, angry Hizb ut-Tahrir not banned

The Prime Minister said he was "frustrated and angry"  Hizb ut-Tahrir could not be banned under existing law.

He said the organisation campaigned against Australian values.

 What do you think about the proposal to set up a 'red card' system to stop 'hate preachers' getting visas for Australia?

"Under the law we are bringing through the Parliament [the Foreign Fighters Bill], hopefully before the end of the year, it will be an offence to promote terrorism," he said.


 Uthman Badar from Islamic group Hibz ut-Tahrir
PHOTO Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Uthman Badar was due to speak about honour killings at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
 AAP: PAUL MILLER

"Then I suppose we need to have another look at Hizb ut-Tahrir... I'll need to get fresh legal advice."

 The organisation, which aims to re-establish an Islamic caliphate as an independent state, is banned in a number of countries.

 In June, Mr Badar had been due to give a speech titled Honour Killings Are Morally Justified at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

 The event was cancelled after it sparked an angry response on social media and talkback radio, and drew strong condemnation from two New South Wales Government ministers.

 Australia has joined the US-led coalition in air combat missions over Iraq, targeting militants from the Islamic State group.

 Two hundred special forces are currently in the Middle East awaiting final approval to advise the Iraqi army. 

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Ebola Virus has a Patent!


Patents



Publication number US20120251502 A1
Publication type Application
Application number US 13/125,890
PCT number PCT/US2009/062079
Publication date Oct 4, 2012
Filing date Oct 26, 2009
Priority date Oct 24, 2008
Also published as CA2741523A1, 4 More »
Inventors Jonathan S. Towner, 4 More »
Original Assignee The Government of the US as Represented by the Secretary of the Dept. of health
Export Citation BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
Patent Citations (2), Non-Patent Citations (8), Classifications (39),Legal Events (1)


External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet


Human Ebola Virus Species and Compositions and Methods Thereof
US 20120251502 A1
ABSTRACT

Compositions and methods including and related to the Ebola Bundibugyo virus (EboBun) are provided. Compositions are provided that are operable as immunogens to elicit and immune response or protection from EboBun challenge in a subject such as a primate. Inventive methods are directed to detection and treatment of EboBun infection.

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1. An isolated hEbola virus comprising a nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence of:
a) a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NOS: 1 or 10;
b) a nucleotide sequence hybridizing under stringent conditions to SEQ ID NOS: 1 or 10; or
c) a nucleotide sequence of at least 70%-99% identity to the SEQ ID NOS: 1 or 10, with the proviso that said nucleotide sequence is not SEQ ID NO: 20.
2. An isolated hEbola virus having Centers for Disease Control Deposit Accession No. 200706291.
3. The hEbola virus of claim 1 which is killed.
4. The hEbola virus of claim 1 which is an attenuated hEbola virus.
5. The virus of claim 4 wherein at least one property of the attenuated hEbola virus is reduced from among infectivity, replication ability, protein synthesis ability, assembling ability or cytopathic effect.
6. An isolated nucleic acid molecule comprising the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 1 or 10 or a complement thereof, or a fragment thereof wherein said fragment comprises a nucleotide sequence of between 4 and 4900 contiguous nucleotides of the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 1 or 10, or a complement thereof; with the proviso that said nucleotide sequence is not comprised by the nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 20; or between 5500 and 6600 contiguous nucleotides of the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 1 or 10, or a complement thereof.
7. The isolated nucleic acid molecule of claim 6 comprising a nucleotide sequence of between 4 and 4900 contiguous nucleotides of the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 1 or 10, or a complement thereof; with the proviso that said nucleotide sequence is not comprised by the nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 20; or between 5500 and 6600 contiguous nucleotides of the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 1 or 10, or a complement thereof.
8. The isolated nucleic acid molecule of claim 7 comprising a nucleotide sequence that encodes the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2-9, 59, or SEQ ID NO: 11-19 or a complement thereof.
9. An isolated RNA or DNA nucleic acid molecule which hybridizes under stringent conditions to a nucleic acid molecule having the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 1 or 10 or a complement thereof.
10. An isolated polypeptide encoded by the nucleic acid molecule ofclaim 7.
11. The polypeptide of claim 10 comprising the amino acid of:
a) an amino acid sequence set forth in any of SEQ ID NOS: 2-19, or 59; or
b) an amino acid sequence that has 70%-99% homology to the amino acid sequence of (a).
12. The polypeptide of claim 10 wherein the amino acid sequence has
5 to 250 contiguous amino acid residues of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 5 or 18 (VP24);
5 to 280 contiguous residues of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 6 or 17 (VP30);
5 to 320 contiguous residues of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 8 or 13 (VP40);
5 to 340 contiguous residues of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 7 or 12 (VP35);
5 to 370 contiguous residues of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 4 or 15 (SGP);
5 to 370 contiguous residues of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 59 or 16 (SSGP);
5 to 670 contiguous residues of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 9 or 14 (GP);
5 to 730 contiguous residues of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 3 or 11 (NP); or
5 to 2200 contiguous residues of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NOS: 2 or 19 (L).
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20. The hEbola virus of claims 3 or 4, or a protein extract therefrom, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.
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22. The nucleic acid molecule of claims 6 or 9, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.
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DESCRIPTION
RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims priority benefit of U.S. Provisional Application 61/108,175 filed 24 Oct. 2008; the contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference.DEPOSIT STATEMENT

The invention provides the isolated human Ebola (hEbola) viruses denoted as Bundibugyo (EboBun) deposited with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”; Atlanta, Ga., United States of America) on Nov. 26, 2007 and accorded an accession number 200706291. This deposit was not made to an International Depository Authority (IDA) as established under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, and is a non-Budapest treaty deposit. The deposited organism is not acceptable by American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), Manassas, Va., an International Depository Authority (IDA) as established under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. Samples of the stated Deposit Accession No. 200706291 will be made available to approved facilities for thirty years from the date of deposit, and for the lifetime of the patent issuing from, or claiming priority to this application.FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The invention is related to compositions and methods directed to a novel species of human Ebola (hEbola) virus.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The family Filoviridae consists of two genera, Marburgvirus and Ebolavirus, which have likely evolved from a common ancestor1. The genus Ebolavirus includes four species: Zaire, Sudan, Reston and Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) ebolaviruses, which have, with the exception of Reston and Côte d'Ivoire ebolaviruses, been associated with large hemorrhagic fever (HF) outbreaks in Africa with high case fatality (53-90%)2.

Viruses of each species have genomes that are at least 30-40% divergent from one another, a level of diversity that presumably reflects differences in the ecological niche they occupy and in their evolutionary history. Identification of the natural reservoir of ebolaviruses remains somewhat elusive, although recent PCR and antibody data suggest that three species of arboreal fruit bats may be carriers of Zaire ebolavirus3. No data has yet been published to suggest reservoirs for the Sudan, Reston and Côte d'Ivoire ebolavirus species. However, a cave-dwelling fruit bat has been recently implicated as a natural host for marburgvirus4, 5, supporting the hypothesis that different bat species may be the reservoir hosts for the various filoviruses.

Filovirus outbreaks are sporadic, sometimes interspersed by years or even decades of no apparent disease activity. The last new species of ebolavirus was discovered 14 years ago (1994), in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and involved a single non-fatal case, a veterinarian who performed an autopsy on an infected chimpanzee found in the Tai Forest6. No further disease reports have been associated with Côte d'Ivoire ebolavirus, in contrast to Zaire and Sudan ebolaviruses which have each caused multiple large outbreaks over the same time period.

In late November 2007, HF cases were reported in the townships of Bundibugyo and Kikyo in Bundibugyo District, Western Uganda. The outbreak continued through January 2008, and resulted in approximately 149 cases and 37 deaths2. Laboratory investigation of the initial 29 suspect-case blood specimens by classic methods (antigen capture, IgM and IgG ELISA) and a recently developed random-primed pyrosequencing approach identified this to be an Ebola HF outbreak associated with a new discovered ebolavirus species. These specimens were negative when initially tested with highly sensitive real-time RT-PCR assays specific for all known Zaire and Sudan ebolaviruses and Marburg viruses. This new species is referred to herein as “the Bundibugyo species”, abbreviated “EboBun”.

Accordingly, compositions and methods directed to the new Ebola virus species are described herein and the most closely related Ebola Ivory Coast species, which compositions and methods are useful for diagnosis and prevention of human Ebola virus infection; including related vaccine development, and prevention of hemorrhagic fever in a human population.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is based upon the isolation and identification of a new human Ebola virus species, EboBun. EboBun was isolated from the patients suffering from hemorrhagic fever in a recent outbreak in Uganda. The isolated virus is a member of the Filoviridae family, a family of negative sense RNA viruses. Accordingly, the invention relates to the isolated EboBun virus that morphologically and phylogenetically relates to known members filoviridae.

In one aspect, the invention provides the isolated EboBun virus deposited with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”; Atlanta, Ga., United States of America) on Nov. 26, 2007 and accorded an accession number 200706291, as stated in the paragraph entitled “DEPOSIT STATEMENT” supra.

In another aspect, the invention provides an isolated hEbola EboBun virus comprising a nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of: a) a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1; b) a nucleotide sequence that hybridizes to the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1 under stringent conditions; and c) a nucleotide sequence that has at least 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 96%, 97%, 98%, or 99% identity to the SEQ ID NO: 1. In another aspect, the invention provides the complete genomic sequence of the hEbola virus EboBun.

In a related aspect, the invention provides nucleic acid molecules isolated from EboBun, or fragments thereof.

In another aspect, the invention provides proteins or polypeptides that are isolated from the EboBun, including viral proteins isolated from cells infected with the virus but not present in comparable uninfected cells; or fragments thereof. In one embodiment of the present invention, the amino acid sequences of the proteins or polypeptides are set forth in SEQ ID NOS: 2-9 and 59, or fragments thereof.

In a related aspect, the invention provides an isolated polypeptide encoded by the nucleic acid molecule of the inventive hEbola EboIC (Sequence ID No. 10) virus described above.

In another aspect, the invention provides an isolated hEbola EboIC virus comprising a nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of: a) a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 10; b) a nucleotide sequence that hybridizes to the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 10 under stringent conditions; and c) a nucleotide sequence that has at least 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 96%, 97%, 98%, or 99% identity to the SEQ ID NO: 10. In another aspect, the invention provides the complete genomic sequence of the hEbola virus EboIC.

In a related aspect, the invention provides nucleic acid molecules isolated from EboIC, or fragments thereof.

In another aspect, the invention provides proteins or polypeptides that are isolated from the EboIC, including viral proteins isolated from cells infected with the virus but not present in comparable uninfected cells; or fragments thereof. In one embodiment of the present invention, the amino acid sequences of the proteins or polypeptides are set forth in SEQ ID NOs: 11-19, or fragments thereof.

In a related aspect, the invention provides an isolated polypeptide encoded by the nucleic acid molecule of the inventive hEbola EboIC virus described above.

In other aspects, the invention relates to the use of the isolated hEbola virus for diagnostic and therapeutic methods based on EbBun, EboIC, or a combination thereof. In one embodiment, the invention provides a method of detecting in a biological sample an antibody immunospecific for the genus of West Afrin Ebola Species constituting hEbola EbBun and EboIC virus using at least one the inventive isolated hEbola virus described herein, or any of the inventive proteins or polypeptides as described herein. In another specific embodiment, the invention provides a method of screening for an antibody which immunospecifically binds and neutralizes hEbola EboBun. Such an antibody is useful for a passive immunization or immunotherapy of a subject infected with hEbola.

In another aspect, the invention provides an isolated antibody or an antigen-binding fragment thereof which immunospecifically binds to the hEbola virus of the invention described above.

In other aspects, the invention provides methods for detecting the presence, activity or expression of the Glade of Bundibungyo-Ivory Coast hEbola virus in a biological material, such as cells, blood, saliva, urine, feces and so forth; and specifically at least one of EbBun or EboIC.

In a related aspect, the invention provides a method for detecting the presence of the inventive hEbola virus described above in a biological sample, the method includes (a) contacting the sample with an agent that selectively binds to a West African hEbola virus; and (b) detecting whether the compound binds to the West African hEbola virus in the sample.

In another aspect, the invention provides a method for detecting the presence of the inventive polypeptide described above, in a biological sample, said method includes (a) contacting the biological sample with an agent that selectively binds to the polypeptide; and (b) detecting whether the agent binds to the polypeptide in the sample. In another aspect, the invention provides a method for detecting the presence of a first nucleic acid molecule derived from the inventive hEbola virus described above in a biological sample, the method comprising: (a) contacting the biological sample with an agent that selectively binds to the polypeptide; and (b) detecting whether the agent binds to the polypeptide in the sample.

In another aspect, the invention provides a method for propagating the hEbola virus in host cells comprising infecting the host cells with the inventive isolated hEbola virus described above, culturing the host cells to allow the virus to multiply, and harvesting the resulting virions. Also provided by the present invention are host cells infected with the inventive hEbola virus described above.

In another aspect, the invention provides a method of detecting in a biological sample the presence of an antibody that immunospecifically binds hEbola virus, the method comprising: (a) contacting the biological sample with the inventive host cell host described above; and (b) detecting the antibody bound to the cell.

In another aspect, the invention provides vaccine preparations, comprising the inventive hEbola virus, including recombinant and chimeric forms of the virus, nucleic acid molecules comprised by the virus, or protein subunits of the virus. The invention also provides a vaccine formulation comprising a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of the inventive hEbola virus described above, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. In one embodiment, the invention provides a vaccine formulation comprising a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of a protein extract of the inventive hEbola virus described above, or a subunit thereof; and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. In another, the invention provides a vaccine formulation comprising a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of a nucleic acid molecule comprising the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 or a complement thereof, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. In another, the invention provides a vaccine formulation comprising a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of a nucleic acid molecule comprising any of inventive the nucleotide sequences as described above, or a complement thereof, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

In a related aspect, the invention provides an immunogenic formulation comprising an immunogenically effective amount of the inventive hEbola virus described above, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. In another related aspect, the invention provides an immunogenic formulation comprising an immunogenically effective amount of a protein extract of the inventive hEbola virus described above or a subunit thereof, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. In another related aspect, the invention provides an immunogenic formulation comprising an immunogenically effective amount of a nucleic acid molecule comprising the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 or a complement thereof, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. In another related aspect, the invention provides an immunogenic formulation comprising an immunogenically effective amount of a nucleic acid molecule comprising the inventive nucleotide sequence as described above or a complement thereof, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. In another related aspect, the invention provides an immunogenic formulation comprising an immunogenically effective amount of any of the inventive polypeptides described above.

In another aspect, the present invention provides pharmaceutical compositions comprising antiviral agents of the present invention and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. In a specific embodiment, the antiviral agent of the invention is an antibody that immunospecifically binds hEbola virus or any hEbola epitope. In another specific embodiment, the antiviral agent is a polypeptide or protein of the present invention or nucleic acid molecule of the invention.

In a related aspect, the invention provides a pharmaceutical composition comprising a prophylactically or therapeutically effective amount of an anti-hEbola EboBun agent and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

The invention also provides kits containing compositions and formulations of the present invention. Thus, in another aspect, the invention provides a kit comprising a container containing the inventive immunogenic formulation described above. In another aspect, the invention provides a kit comprising a container containing the inventive vaccine formulation described above. In another, the invention provides a kit comprising a container containing the inventive pharmaceutical composition described above. In another, the invention provides a kit comprising a container containing the inventive vaccine formulation described above. In another, the invention provides a method for identifying a subject infected with the inventive hEbola virus described above, comprising: (a) obtaining total RNA from a biological sample obtained from the subject; (b) reverse transcribing the total RNA to obtain cDNA; and (c) amplifying the cDNA using a set of primers derived from a nucleotide sequence of the inventive hEbola virus described above.

The invention further relates to the use of the sequence information of the isolated virus for diagnostic and therapeutic methods.

In another aspect, the present invention provides methods for screening antiviral agents that inhibit the infectivity or replication of hEbola virus or variants thereof.

The invention further provides methods of preparing recombinant or chimeric forms of hEbola.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 represents a Phylogenetic tree comparing full-length genomes of Ebolavirus and Marburg virus by Bayesian analysis;

FIG. 2 represents an alignment of genomes of novel hEbola EboBun (SEQ ID NO: 1) referred to below as “Ebola Bundibugyo” or “EboBun”, and hEbola Zaire (SEQ ID NO: 20); referred to below as “Ebola Zaire '76” or “EboZ” and hEbola Ivory Coast (SEQ ID NO: 10) also referred to below as “EboIC”.DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to particular embodiments described, as such may, of course, vary. It is also to be understood that the terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only, and is not intended to be limiting.

Due to the sequence divergence of EboBun relative to all previously recognized ebolaviruses, the present invention has utility in design of diagnostic assays to monitor Ebola HF disease in humans and animals, and develop effective antivirals and vaccines.

The EboBun virus of the present invention is genetically distinct, differing by more than 30% at the genome level from all other known ebolavirus species. The unique nature of this virus created challenges for traditional filovirus molecular based diagnostic assays and genome sequencing approaches. Instead, over 70% of the virus genome was sequenced using a recently developed random-primed pyrosequencing approach which allowed the rapid development of molecular detection assay which were deployed in the disease outbreak response. This random-primed pyrosequencing draft sequence allowed faster completion of the whole genome sequence using traditional primer walking approach and confirmation that the EboBun virus represented a new ebolavirus species.


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