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Saturday July 29th, 2023 day edition

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A major step in battling Lyme disease and other dangerous tick-borne viruses may have been taken as researchers announced they have developed a vaccine against the ticks themselves.

Rather than combatting the effects of the bacteria or microbe that causes Lyme disease, the vaccine targets the microbiota of the tick, according to a paper published in the journal Microbiota on Monday.

Lyme disease is a condition caused by the Borrelia bacteria, including Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia mayonii and Borrelia afzelii, and is usually spread by bites from ticks.

A tick, whose bite can transmit Lyme disease, at the French National Institute of Agricultural Research in Maison-Alfort on July 20, 2016.

Researchers may have found a vaccine against the tick that transmits the disease.

In the meantime, a vaccine against the bacteria that cause Lyme disease is also in the works, though it may not be ready for several years.

There was one vaccine for the disease available in the 1990s, but it was pulled after low consumer demand. »

Elon Musk’s Twitter bans ad showing Republican interrupting couple in bedroom

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An ad launched by Progress Action Fund launched, showing an elderly Republican congressman interrupting a couple in the bedroom, has now been banned on X, formerly known as Twitter.

According to the Progress Action Fund, which aims to defeat Republicans in red states, the platform “has censored” its account as well as the ad, called “Keep Republicans Out Of Your Bedroom.”

“Political speech is protected under law and Musk’s competitors clearly agree that our ad should not be censored,” he continued. »

Biden signs historic order moving prosecution of military sexual assault outside chain of command

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President Joe Biden on Friday ordered a historic change to the Uniform Code of Military Justice by transferring key decision-making authorities outside the military chain of command in cases of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, murder and other serious crimes.

On a call with reporters previewing the executive order, a senior administration official called the move “a turning point for survivors of gender-based violence in the military.”.

“As Secretary Austin has said many times, this is a leadership issue, and we believe this historic order demonstrates that leadership.”. »

Ubisoft's upcoming Star Wars Outlaws prides itself on not being an 'unfinishable' 300-hour RPG

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In a recent interview with IGN , though, two Star Wars Outlaws devs promise to buck that trend with a "dense" and "rich" game that doesn't wear out its welcome.

With The Outer Worlds, Pentiment, and the upcoming Avowed, RPG studio Obsidian has deliberately targeted more mid-length affairs, promising depth and replayability over sheer scale.

They're also perhaps the exceptions that prove the rule: oh, you want to make an unfinishable 300-hour RPG? »