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Skeletons provide tell-tale glimpses into past mass infections and pandemics

Dead men do tell tales through their physical remains ...
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Another pandemic? New swine flu identified in China could jump to humans

[A] new finding that pigs in China are more and more frequently becoming infected with a strain of influenza that ...
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How widespread is the pandemic? Proposed global blood bank could provide missing answers

Michael Mina is out for blood—millions of samples, which a nascent effort dubbed the Global Immunological Observatory (GIO), would monitor ...
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Why COVID-19 won’t be our last pandemic: We’ve created a ‘perfect storm’ for wildlife disease spillover

[Researchers] have now developed a pattern-recognition system to predict which wildlife diseases pose most risk to humans. [Editor's note: Health ...
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Eerily similar? Examining fates of the rich and poor during COVID-19 and 14th century Black Death pandemics

We're seeing this happen all over again with coronavirus ...
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Why turning to germaphobia won’t protect us from another pandemic

As someone who has spent years doing research in health geography, I understand that this collective turn to cleanliness serves ...
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‘Valuable feedback’: Coronavirus conspiracy theories and rumors illustrate ‘legitimate anxieties’

The tactic of simply throwing facts at the misinformation problem can be ineffective, and even counterproductive ...
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Viewpoint: Expanding organic agriculture could make another pandemic more likely

Modern technology and agricultural intensification are the proven path to a safer future ...
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An essential but ‘disturbing’ question: What if coronavirus is here for good?

Most of the optimistic ideas about what to do about SARS-CoV-2 involve engineering the virus's extinction. We could ramp up ...
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Lessons learned from the past: Why rushing a coronavirus vaccine could be dangerous

Annual flu shots don’t need to go through clinical trials every time they are adjusted for each year’s flu strain, ...
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Pandemics have existed as long as human civilization: ‘There will be another’

Famine and war routinely bring civilizations low, but though he trots closely beside those two, the horseman who carries off ...
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Infographic: Where does the coronavirus fit in humanity’s long history of plagues and influenza pandemics?

Disease and illnesses have plagued humanity since the earliest days, our mortal flaw. However, it was not until the marked ...
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We’re better at fighting epidemics because of advances in genetic sequencing, synthetic biology and a willingness to collaborate

It’s impossible not to draw parallels between SARS and the new coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, that’s been ravaging China and spreading ...
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Why the US is ‘not nearly as prepared as we need to be’ to deal with China’s coronavirus

Now, with word of the first U.S. patient to contract the new virus that has killed 17 people in China comes the ...
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Infographic: No country is prepared for a pandemic, report says

After an Ebola epidemic devastated West Africa in 2014, many countries took steps to boost their preparedness. But even as the risk ...
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Plague genome offers clues about origins of Black Death pandemic

Yersinia pestis, the subject of [Barbara Bramanti’s] research, is the bacterium responsible for three bubonic plague pandemics over human history ...
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Fighting the next pandemic with injection-free ‘vaccine patches’

When the next dead­ly pan­dem­ic flu hits, the first chal­lenge will be to de­vel­op a vac­cine. But loom­ing behind that ob­sta­cle is ...