Tag: Contamination

From Jurassic Park to H5N1: Is There a Human Threat?

| November 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
From Jurassic Park to H5N1: Is There a Human Threat?

This past summer, Nature and Science published a pair of studies, identifying mutations and other biological modifications that significantly elevate the contagiousness of H5N1, or bird flu. The set of articles sparked a heated discussion regarding both public access to and the appropriateness of potentially dangerous research on infectious disease. Although much of the concern surrounding studies of this nature is warranted, scientists and public health officials should err on the side of scientific freedom when considering restrictions on research and its public access.

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Emerging Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments
Emerging Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella

The threat of salmonella infections has existed for more than a century as they are some of the most widely spread food-borne diseases. For several countries Salmonella has been a significant health burden—infecting millions and killing thousands worldwide. One of the most prevalent strains is Salmonella enterica, which is the cause of major foodborne illness […]

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