Biologists Deliberately Hold Back Details on Deadly New Toxin

For the first time in over 40 years, scientists have discovered a new form of the toxin responsible for botulism. But they’re keeping many of the details about it a secret for fear that it could be turned into a deadly bioweapon — prompting some scientists to warn that this action can only hold further research back. » 10/11/13 11:20am 10/11/13 11:20am

Why HIV is More Evil Than We Could Have Imagined

A devastating Salmonella epidemic is ravaging parts of sub-Saharan Africa right now — and it appears that HIV gave this rapidly evolving form of Salmonella a major boost. According to a new study, the African HIV epidemic appears to have provided this strain of Salmonella with a large number of humans with weakened… » 10/02/12 1:30pm 10/02/12 1:30pm

A deadly new strain of bird flu has spread to seals. Could humans be…

We already know that the deadly H5N1 avian flu is only one stabilizing mutation away from being able to spread to humans. But as society nervously anticipates a potential pandemic, we get disturbing news that a different variant of the flu, the equally ominous H3N8, has successfully made the leap from birds to seals. » 7/31/12 12:40pm 7/31/12 12:40pm

Novels that Could Help You Prepare for a Future Pandemic

When you think about pants-wettingly terrifying apocalyptic scenarios, the most horrifying might well be the worldwide plague. A deadly disease could spread around the planet at alarming speed, and kill most of the population before we even knew what was going on. Luckily, some of the best novels (and graphic novels)… » 6/28/12 4:00pm 6/28/12 4:00pm

Biochip will help first responders track viral outbreaks in real time

Biomedical engineers at Brown University and Memorial Hospital in Rhode Island have developed a biochip that can detect the presence of influenza and other viruses. The breakthrough will allow emergency workers to be equipped with flu-detection kits, so they can track the spread of viruses in real-time. The device… » 6/11/12 1:11pm 6/11/12 1:11pm