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CDC panel gives thumbs up to vaccine against nine HPV types

Gardasil 9

Gardasil 9, a vaccine that offers protection against nine types of HPV, has been recommended for use in 11- and 12-year-old girls and boys and in females ages 13 to 26 and males ages 13 to 21 who have not previously been vaccinated or treated with the three-dose series.

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A federal vaccine advisory committee voted February 26 to recommend use of an expanded version of the human papillomavirus shot marketed as Gardasil.

The move, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, clears the way for the broader-coverage vaccine, called Gardasil 9, to be used in the clinic. Current vaccines offer protection against four types of HPV, which causes cervical cancer and is linked to other cancers. The new shot expands protection to nine types of HPV.

While the Food and Drug Administration’s licensure of Gardasil 9 was granted in December, doctors need CDC guidance on any new vaccine’s dosage and scheduling of shots before putting it into use. The new recommendations add Gardasil 9 to shots routinely scheduled for girls and boys age 11-12, but can be given as early as age 9. Gardasil 9 is also recommended for females age 13-26 and for males ages 13 to 21 who have not completed a three-shot series of an HPV vaccine.

Planetary Science

Mysterious bright spot on Ceres has a partner

By Christopher Crockett 2:45pm, February 26, 2015
A new image from the Dawn spacecraft finds two bright patches within a basin, possibly caused by an ice volcano.

Some cicadas drum up a beat with the help of their wings

By Allison Bohac 2:00pm, February 25, 2015
By using their wings as drumsticks, so-called “mute” cicadas can make themselves heard.
Computing,, Technology,, Numbers

Artificial intelligence conquers Space Invaders, Pong, Q*bert

By Lila Guterman 1:09pm, February 25, 2015
With a single algorithm, a computer can learn dozens of classic video games, researchers from Google DeepMind in London report.
Biomedicine,, Cells

Stem cells from wisdom teeth could help repair corneas

By Helen Thompson 12:55pm, February 24, 2015
A study points to a potential new treatment for corneal blindness: Stem cells extracted from pulp from pulled wisdom teeth.
Chemistry,, Science & Society

Brute-force chemistry study retracted

By Beth Mole 2:00pm, February 19, 2015
The journal Science has retracted a notable 2011 chemistry study in which authors reported a brawny method to break sturdy chemical structures.
Planetary Science

New Horizons spies two of Pluto’s moons

By Christopher Crockett 1:16pm, February 19, 2015
Nix and Hydra come into view on the 85th anniversary of Pluto’s discovery.
Planetary Science

Dwarf planet Ceres comes into view

By Christopher Crockett 12:45pm, February 18, 2015
New images from the Dawn spacecraft reveal a landscape of craters and mysterious bright patches on the dwarf planet Ceres.
Astronomy,, Planetary Science

Pair of stars buzzed the solar system 70,000 years ago

By Christopher Crockett 5:03pm, February 17, 2015
Astronomers discover a binary system that made the closest known flyby of the sun.
Evolution,, Animals

To deal with sexual conflict, female bedbugs get flexible

By Helen Thompson 9:00am, February 14, 2015
Female bed bugs evolved an elastic underbelly to tolerate violent mating, a new study suggests.
Oceans,, Pollution

Millions of tons of plastic end up in oceans each year

By Beth Mole 4:04pm, February 12, 2015
A new estimate quantifies how much plastic makes its way into the world’s oceans.
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