Health experts are still arguing whether or not to save the last stores of smallpox, which are in high-security labs in the US and Russia. Quartz, io9, and Nature News have stories. And speaking of smallpox, a new smallpox-like-virus emerged in Georgia (the country).
A new meta-study that covers data from 1.3 million children further proves that MMR vaccines are not linked to autism. Jason Goldman has a story at io9.
Researchers may have a new way to create a malaria vaccine, which they discovered by studying children in Tanzania who had become infected with the parasite but who did not get sick. Relevant stories at NPR, Science, and the New York Times.
The May issue of Scientific American is dedicated to the birth of the GMO debate. Here's an excerpt of a piece by Pamela Ronald from UC Davis. (I wrote on a similar topic for Modern Farmer a couple of weeks ago).
NPR has a story on a biological control project in California. The technique uses parasitic wasps to fight the Asian citrus psyllid, an insect that spreads a plant disease called citrus greening.