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Should we wait longer before destroying the last remaining stock of smallpox virus? Continue reading
At the 64th gathering of the World Health Assembly in May 2011, a majority of delegates reaffirmed the view that the remaining stocks of variola virus, the causative agent of smallpox, should be destroyed. But consideration of precisely when that … Continue reading
Cowpox virus (CPXV) is one of the earliest described members of the genus Orthopoxvirus (OPV). Historically, researchers referred to the ailment known as cowpox and even suggested that it could provide immunity against smallpox. It was Edward Jenner’s publications in … Continue reading
It seems like only yesterday we were on the verge of international agreement to destroy all remaing laboratory stocks of smallpox (variola) virus. So it comes as something of a surprise to find people infecting monkeys with smallpox to study the pathogenesis of the disease. Continue reading
I visited the Edward Jenner Museum several years ago and was impressed. If you ever have the chance – go there. Continue reading
In 2011 the World Health Organization WHO plans to announce its recommendation regarding the final destruction of all known remaining smallpox virus stockpiles. Smallpox, an ancient human scourge of unparalleled destructive importance throughout most of recorded human history. Continue reading
“Twenty miles south-east of Novosibirsk, in Siberia, several dozen concrete buildings have been erected outside the town of Koltsovo. The settlement is ringed with triple rows of barbed wire fences. Video cameras and motion sensors monitor any activity near the … Continue reading
Should we destroy the remaining laboratory stocks of smallpox virus? Now that the 20th century has passed into the domain of history books, we can retrospectively begin to assess the relative contributions that the many advances in the realm of … Continue reading