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Colonel Randall Larsen, USAF (Ret) -CEO, WMD Center -former Executive Director, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism -former chairman, Department of Military Strategy and Operations, National War College

The Reemergent 1977 H1N1 Strain and the Gain-of-Function Debate

The Reemergent 1977 H1N1 Strain and the Gain-of-Function Debate Michelle Rozo and Gigi Kwik Gronvall Editor Mark R. Denison, Vanderbilt University Medical Center ABSTRACT The 1977-1978 influenza epidemic was probably not a natural event, as the genetic sequence of the virus … Continue reading

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Ebola 2014: Pandemic Preparedness Lessons Learned

In late July and early August many Americans were first learning about the Ebola threat to our nation and families—and we had a lot to learn. For those of us who had read Richard Preston’s Hot Zone (Anchor, 1995), the … Continue reading

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Mitigating the Risks of Synthetic Biology

A superb new paper by Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall. Mitigating the Risks of Synthetic Biology

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Tracking Down Smallpox Before It Kills Anew

A brilliant idea from Ken Bernard and Ken Coleman from the op-ed page in yesterday’s WSJ. OPINION Tracking Down Smallpox Before It Kills Anew Do more samples of the virus lie hidden in labs? Pay scientists who find them. By … Continue reading

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Penn and Teller on the Anti-Vaccine Idiots

I seriously doubt if anyone who reads this blog takes medical advice from former Playboy bunnies, but I must admit that I have family members who do. Since I know they are not likely to read lengthy reports from IOM … Continue reading

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Interview about WMD Center’s Report Card on Bio-Response Randall Larsen and Lynne Kidder talk about the WMD Center’s Bio-Response Report card with Luke Muehlhauser for MIRI

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John Snow Society Pump Handle Lecture Series 2013

Dr. D. A. Henderson explains how a $200 prize in 1950 changed his career path from cardiology to public health. What Dr. Henderson doesn’t say is that his decision not only changed his life, but ultimately changed the course of … Continue reading

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