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Experiments with potential pandemic flu strains pose deadly risk

In the wake of the recent accidental exposure of at least 75 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to anthrax, Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) [[Marc Lipsitch]] argues that experiments aimed at creating deadly pathogens—particularly those that could…

Influenza forecasting system wins prize from CDC

A new system for predicting seasonal peaks of influenza in cities across the U.S., developed by a team of scientists including Marc Lipsitch of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), has won first place out of 11 teams in the Centers for…

Bird flu experiments pose risk of accidental release

Research in mammals that aims to prevent future influenza pandemics raises ethical, public health concerns For immediate release: May 20, 2014 Boston, MA — Experiments creating dangerous flu strains that are transmissible between mammals pose too great a risk to human life from…

The nano state

[ Spring 2014 ] Can tiny engineered particles help protect us from infectious disease? Hotel rooms, subway cars, offices, airplanes, cruise ships: to most people, the air they breathe inside these places seems benign, if sometimes stuffy and stale. But viewed through the lens…

A man with a plan

[ Spring 2013 ] “Do I look like a man with a plan?” The slender young man with the radiant smile is mimicking a line from the villainous Joker in the second Batman movie. At first glance, the answer to his mischievous question is,…

The disease hunters

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] A life of exploration “The sun came out early and fiercely... As the hours wore on and noon was reached at times one felt the desire to become a little hysterical and to repress a scream and throw…

Chasing epidemics in real time

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] As the AIDS epidemic tragically demonstrated, public health has usually been a step behind infections on the run. But today, with sophisticated molecular and communications tools, practitioners can virtually keep up stride for stride with emerging epidemics. In…

HSPH investigators help lead H1N1 research and response

[Fall 2009] Catching the flu before it catches the world As a new influenza pandemic this spring set off alarms in the global health community, Harvard School of Public Health scholars helped illuminate the crisis and lead a practical response. In a…

Dry winters linked to seasonal outbreaks of influenza

For immediate release: Monday, February 22, 2010 Boston, MA -- The seasonal increase of influenza has long baffled scientists, but a new study published this week in PLoS Biology has found that seasonal changes of absolute humidity are the apparent underlying cause…