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Politics and Plagues

This short film highlights the extraordinary success of the smallpox eradication program and the political challenges of public health. Our elected leaders need to understand that in the 21st century, public health is a key element of national security. Politics and … Continue reading

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OPERATION WHITECOAT

OPERATION WHITECOAT, a documentary film will be released on June 1st. See a short preview: http://www.operationwhitecoatmovie.com During the Cold War, more than 2,300 non-combatant conscientious objectors from the Seventh-day Adventist Church volunteered to serve their country by participating in U.S. … Continue reading

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You may hold the cure for the next epidemic

Dr. Luciana Borio, Acting Chief Scientist, FDA  

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National Security Implications of CRISPR-CAS9

JAN 29, 2016 Gene Wars: Targeted Mutations Will Spawn Unique Dangers, And Soon Loren Thompson http://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2016/01/29/gene-wars-targeted-mutations-will-spawn-unique-dangers-and-soon/#34afc30441d0 Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. In 2012, scientists discovered a cheap and easy way of editing genes that determine the biological features … Continue reading

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If Not Me, Then Who?

Dr. Lewis Rubinson talks about his experiences during the summer of 2014 at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. The physician he replaced had been infected with Ebola and evacuated. More than 20 nurses had been infected, and 15 had … Continue reading

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JUMP START: ACCELERATING GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO A NATIONAL BIOLOGICAL CRISIS

July 2015 A large-scale biological attack, or campaign of attacks, against one or more US cities could lead to catastrophe, both in terms of lives lost and in economic and societal disruption. However, it is within the power of the … Continue reading

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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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