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can we prevent a pandemic by creating one in a lab?
# science

can we prevent a pandemic by creating one in a lab?

Controversial new research offers us a chance to create tools to fight pandemics before they start. But can it really live up to its hype? And is it safe?

how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence
# evolution

how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence

Intelligent life on Earth may owe its existence to an ancient virus which inserted its genetic code and machinery into early tetrapods and now helps their neurons talk to each other.

did we cure hiv? actually, we don’t know…
# health

did we cure hiv? actually, we don’t know…

After more than a decade, doctors think they were finally able to replicate the case of the Berlin patient, the only man known to be cured of HIV. But the London patient offers more questions than answers.

should we stop worrying and learn to irradiate public spaces?
# health

should we stop worrying and learn to irradiate public spaces?

An 80 year old method of sterilizing surfaces with radiation without harming humans or animals might be the key to controlling flu pandemics. But it using it could come with a catch...