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DNA Synthesis Going Viral: Evaluating the Security of Dual-Use Biotechnology

In 2004, the United States passed legislation that made hundreds of researchers around the country guilty of a crime with consequences of up to $2,000,000 fines and a prison sentence of 25 years to life. What was that crime? Working with vaccinia—a live virus vaccine that essentially eradicated smallpox by 1980 and became the most widely used human immunization. While

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Epidemic Proportions?: Interpreting Washington State’s Deadly 2015-16 Flu Season

A disease labeled as “epidemic” spread across Washington state this winter. Patients overwhelmed hospital resources across several counties and a Disaster Medical Control Center was activated after a decade of inactivity. The culprit? Influenza (flu) virus. The influenza virus While many may be familiar with the standard symptoms – such as coughing, fever, and a sore throat – associated with

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The Other Antibiotic: Viruses

Whether the name is spread by the 5 o’clock evening news, the National Institutes of Health website, or a box that you may have to check when registering as a new patient at a healthcare facility, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) is quite a topic of interest in public health. Wait, what is methi-huh-Staphylo-wha? You’ve probably heard of the dangers regarding MRSA,

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