DIY Spanish Flu: Critics up in arms as scientists recreate deadly 1918 virus

  Using a technique known as reverse genetics, a team from University of Wisconsin-Madison were able to build a virus 93% similar to the 1918 Spanish flu by utilizing 8 genes found in recent avian flu strains. The result was a flu virus more pathogenic than current avian flu strains, but less so than the Spanish Flu. The recreated strain …

5 of the Most Terrible Epidemics That Won’t Happen Again (thanks to vaccines)

When I think of modern-day epidemics – HIV/AIDS, meningitis, threats of H7N9 – I find it easy to feel like we are helpless, sitting vulnerable to the whims of nature and viral mutation. But it’s easy to forget that we are not without defense. Disease has always plagued mankind. While we fear novel coronaviruses and polio raising its head, we …