By Steven KotlerPosted 07.20.2009 at 10:35 am 7 Comments
Before swine flu swept through the U.S., the virus had bounced around South America undetected for years. The H1N1 strain caught scientists by surprise, and without a vaccine. But a few weeks before the first North American case popped up, researchers successfully tested a therapy that could knock out almost any flu, and possibly any virus.
Scientists have succeed in replicating flu pandemic antibodies from 90 year old survivors
By Stuart FoxPosted 08.18.2008 at 6:04 pm 4 Comments
Ninety years ago the Spanish flu swept across the globe, killing between 50 and 100 million people in only a few months. Since then, the specter of another flu pandemic dealing death and woe around the world has periodically terrified the medical and popular communities. But scientists searching for ways to prevent a similar outbreak in the form of the H5N1 bird flu have found a cure for the deadliest flu in the most unlikely place: nonagenarian immune systems.
Undead viruses! Killer foxes! Soldiers who never sleep! This is no horror movie--it's today's scientists at their most daring
By Laura Allen. Illustrations by Michael KoelschPosted 02.01.2007 at 2:00 am 3 Comments
Maybe we saw The Andromeda Strain a few too many times in our formative years, but we can´t help shivering when we hear about microbiologists reanimating long-dormant lethal viruses. And those biologists working to make human limbs grow back: Haven´t we seen that film? Don´t the guys in lab coats all die in the first reel? They may sound cinematic, but the incredible research projects on the following pages are not imaginary. They´re real, funded ventures by respected scientists. They have perfectly rational goals. They also happen to creep us out.