Last month, the U.S. government lifted a three-year moratorium on funding risky research to genetically alter deadly viruses in ways that could make them even more lethal. Epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch of Harvard Chan School thinks the move could create an accidental pandemic. Read the article on Harvard Chan News.
On the Relative Role of Different Age Groups During Epidemics Associated With Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Goldstein E, Nguyen HH, Liu P, Viboud C, Steiner CA, Worby CJ, Lipsitch M. J Infect Dis. 2018 Jan 4;217(2):238-244. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jix575. Abstract: BACKGROUND: While circulation of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) results in high rates of hospitalization, particularly among young children and elderly individuals, little is known about the role of different age groups in propagating annual RSV…
“Gain-of-function studies ‘have done almost nothing to improve our preparedness for pandemics — yet they risked creating an accidental pandemic’” says Prof. Marc Lipsitch, CCDD Director. Read the article in Nature.
READ: Scientists use algorithms in effort to forecast ground zero for next animal to human disease crisis.
READ: Featured story “Preparing in ‘peacetime’ for the next infectious disease outbreak”on CCDD-sponsored epidemics seminar.
Taj Azarian, PhD, CCDD Postdoctoral Research Fellow was a guest storyteller on The Story Collider, a live show featuring true, personal stories about science. Taj presented on October 11, 2017 in Cambridge, MA at the show themed “Road Blocks.” Listen to his story here:
LISTEN: Dr. Bill Hanage interviewed on Harvard Catalyst’s Think Research podcast, “Predicting the Path: The Study of Infectious Diseases“
READ: Op-ed by Dr. Caroline Buckee in the Boston Globe
WATCH: Dr. Bill Hanage interview with Travis Smiley, PBS