Designer Bugs

December 7, 2018

How the next pandemic might come from a lab, and why we need to take the threat of bioengineered superbugs seriously

Quick Read

The Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 offers important lessons in balancing truth and panic during public health crises

Quick Read

One hundred years after the Great Influenza pandemic of 1918, global health leadership stands at a crossroads. The United States continues to expand its policy of isolationism at a time when international cooperation in health could not be more important

Quick Read

Your first bout of flu may determine how you fare during the next pandemic. That’s why scientists are trying to understand immunologic imprinting

Quick Read

News of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is an urgent reminder that we need to change the way we fight disease, and we need to do so now

Quick Read

Since the 1918 flu pandemic that wiped out about five percent of the world’s population there have been strides toward eradicating most communicable diseases, yet the vulnerability of certain parts of the world affects everyone. This, the writers say, must be addressed

Quick Read

Predicting the next pandemic is tricky work. When the newborn piglets first started getting sick in October 2016, farmers in China’s Guangdong province suspected porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) — a disease they’d seen in the pigs before. And, at first, the tests did come back positive for PEDV. But then something strange happened. By January 2017, the pigs stopped testing positive for that virus — but kept getting sick

Quick Read

One hundred years ago, a novel pandemic influenza virus spread rapidly around the world. It killed about 1 to 2 percent of the human population, primarily young and often healthy adults. The centennial of the 1918 pandemic is a good time to take stock of how far the world has come since this historic health disaster – and to face the sobering fact that several key mysteries have yet to be resolved

Quick Read