Europe’s open-access drive escalates as university stand-offs spread

Europe’s open-access drive escalates as university stand-offs spread

Europe’s open-access drive escalates as university stand-offs spread, Published online: 17 May 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05191-0

Sweden is latest country to hold out on journal subscriptions, while negotiators share tactics to broker new deals with publishers.
Source: Nature

New research shows how Indo-European languages spread across Asia

A new study has discovered that horses were first domesticated by descendants of hunter-gatherer groups in Kazakhstan who left little direct trace in the ancestry of modern populations. The research sheds new light on the long-standing ‘steppe theory’ on the origin and movement of Indo-European languages made possible by the domestication of the horse.
Source: Science Daily

West Nile virus reemerged and spread to new areas in Greece in 2017

West Nile virus (WNV), which is transmitted via mosquito bites, reemerged and spread to new territories of Greece in 2017 following a two-year hiatus in reported human cases, according to new findings. Greece provides the appropriate ecological and climatic conditions for WNV circulation. The virus has been established in Greece and disease transmission may continue in the future.
Source: Science Daily

Even short international travel can spread colistin-resistant bacteria

The use of the antibiotic colistin, a last-resort treatment option in the infection by multidrug-resistant bacteria, is increasingly impeded by colistin-resistant bacteria. Researchers used biochemical and genetic assays to track resistant strains of bacteria in Japanese travelers returning from Vietnam. The researchers found short trips to a developing country can lead to the appearance of the colistin-resistance gene mcr-1. The study highlights that even brief international trips can contribute to the spread of colistin resistance.
Source: Science Daily