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A critical voice on biosafety

Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, has become a leading critic of experiments creating dangerous flu strains that are transmissible between mammals. Earlier this year, he co-authored an…

Q & A: When lab research threatens humanity

[ Fall 2014 ] Is bench research that creates a lethal, contagious bird flu virus worth the risk that the virus could escape the lab? Not according to Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. With Alison P.…

Bird Flu Research

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined questions raised by the publication of possibly dangerous information on bird flu transmission and explored security issues faced by labs legitimately working w

The Next Pandemic

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined current pandemic preparedness in the face of MERS and H7N9.

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…