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Viral Outbreak: The Science of Emerging Disease

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Watch two leading virus researchers explain how they use both simple and sophisticated technologies to detect and fight infectious agents.

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Infectious diseases are a serious threat to world health. They are particularly devastating in tropical countries where infectious agents thrive and where healthcare resources are stretched thin. The warming trend in the global climate, coupled with increased international travel, has resulted in infectious outbreaks that spread more rapidly and that now affect regions with more temperate climates, including the United States. Many diseases that had been contained, such as dengue fever, have re-emerged as global health threats. How can scientific research help us detect and fight potential epidemics? Join two leading virus researchers, Joe DeRisi and Eva Harris, as they discuss their strategies for combating today’s epidemics, while preparing for those of tomorrow.

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by Eva Harris, PhD

Learn about research aimed at thwarting dengue fever in the lab and in communities.

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by Joe DeRisi, PhD

New technologies like the Virochip harness DNA's properties to identify and fight new viruses.

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by Eva Harris, PhD

Understanding the immune response is essential to developing safe vaccines for dengue and other diseases.

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by Joe DeRisi, PhD

The SARS epidemic was successfully halted by a global research effort to identify a new virus.

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by Laura D. Kramer, PhD, Robin M. Moudy, PhD, and Eva Harris, PhD

This discussion from the 2010 Holiday Lectures on Science explores the ethics of genetically-modified organisms and other...

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In four presentations, Dr. Joseph L. DeRisi and Dr. Eva Harris explain how they use both simple and sophisticated technologies to detect and fight infectious agents.

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