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Viewpoint: Someone created a synthetic cousin of smallpox: Where are the alarm bells?

In 2017, the virologist David Evans made headlines when he used synthetic biology to recreate the extinct horsepox virus, which ...
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Why we should worry about a resurrection of the deadly smallpox virus

The scientist who entered [Room 3C16] saw 12 mysterious cardboard boxes on a crowded shelf in the far left corner ...
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Colonial warfare: Were smallpox-infected blankets given to Native Americans?

North American colonists’ warfare against Native Americans often was horrifyingly brutal. But one method they appear to have used shocks even more ...
Confusion over the origins of smallpox vaccine could leave us ‘vulnerable to a future outbreak’

Confusion over the origins of smallpox vaccine could leave us ‘vulnerable to a future outbreak’

Not only is there the potential for smallpox (or at the very least, something very similar) to resurge, but unbeknownst ...
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We finally have our first smallpox treatment—just in case

Fear of another smallpox pandemic keep you up at night? You’ll be happy to hear the FDA approved tecovirimat (Tpoxx) on [July 13]. It’s ...