And at BBC, Rachel Nuwer asks whether the last two samples of smallpox should be kept in order to develop treatments and vaccines.
In antibiotic and antibacterial news
On Superbug, Maryn McKenna discusses a recent report by the National Resources Defense Council outlining a decade-worth of FDA requests to curb the use of antibiotics in agriculture. The requests were ignored.
Sabrina Tavernise at the New York Times reports that out of 30 antibiotics commonly used in agriculture, at least 18 have been linked to antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in humans.
Trent Yarwood has a nice primer on antibacterial hand sanitizers at The Conversation. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration proposed a new rule on the products, questioning the usefulness of triclosan and other common antibacterial active ingredients.
Amy Harmon has another good GMO story in the Times, this time about a Hawaii county councilman trying to understand GMOs as the state decides whether to ban them. The story got ridiculous and sexist backlash from the activist group Food Democracy Now (screenshot available here).
Colin Schultz has a story at Smithsonian about a potato genetically modified in the lab to resist potato blight. The GMO could have stopped the Irish Potato Famine of the mid-1800s. If it had been invented back then, of course.
In creepy crawly news
Entomology Today, a publication put out by the Entomological Society of America, has a post exploring why body lice spread disease while their close relatives, head lice, do not.