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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…

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.…

Ban on hazardous virus experiments could be lifted

Some of the riskiest biological experiments—which have been effectively banned for the last 18 months—could be allowed again if a group of experts agrees on rules governing the work. Scientists, public health officials, and government representatives met March 10-11 in Washington, D.C.,…

Predicting global health threats for 2016

Which diseases might plague the world in 2016? Experts say that relatively unheard-of diseases could emerge, such as the Zika virus, which may already be causing birth defects in Brazil and French Polynesia. Or known threats such as Ebola could return. “Ebola…

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…

Should scientists experiment with highly contagious pathogens?

The current controversy about the wisdom of conducting experiments with pathogens that are genetically engineered to be more contagious presents a unique opportunity to set an effective precedent on the issue of biological experiments that carry large-scale risks, according to a Foreign…

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

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.…

The Next Pandemic

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