What’s special about bat viruses? What we don't know could hurt us

The immune systems of bats are weird, but we don’t know how weird, how they got that way or enough about other animals.
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Near misses at UNC Chapel Hill’s high-security lab illustrate risk of accidents with coronaviruses

Reports indicate UNC researchers were potentially exposed to lab-created coronaviruses in several incidents since 2015. These incidents highlight the risks even in the most secure and respected research facilities.

Shannon Bennett: Pandemics of our own making

While it's critical that we devote our scientific ingenuity to beating back the current pandemic, we must also address our broken relationship with nature in a concerted effort to prevent similar outbreaks in the future.

We could save trillions by paying for nature-based pandemic prevention

We know pandemics come from interactions between humans and wildlife. Nature-based pandemic prevention measures could protect us in the future, as long as we fund them adequately.

On the hunt for the next deadly virus

Searching for new viruses and tracking down the source of pandemics, scientists are laying the groundwork to defeat “spillover” diseases.

For experts who study coronaviruses, a grim vindication

They warned that the next great pandemic would be a coronavirus, but funding went to studying other threats, and coronavirus research withered.

Thomas E. Lovejoy: To prevent pandemics, stop disrespecting nature

A leading conservationist and biodiversity scholar, with decades of experience in the Amazon, reflects on the lessons of COVID-19.

“We don’t know what else is out there.” Five ways new diseases emerge — and what we can do about them

From forests and farms to our own back yards, there's a lot we can do to reduce future risks of pandemic outbreaks.


To prevent the next pandemic, it’s the legal wildlife trade we should worry about

Millions of live animals enter the U.S. each year without disease screening—leaving us vulnerable to another outbreak, a former wildlife inspector says.

The surprising link between consumer habits and deadly diseases

From age-old malaria to COVID-19, markets influence systems that drive pandemic risk. Here's what we can do about it.


Dominick A. DellaSala, William J. Ripple, Franz Baumann: Public health depends on a healthy planet

Zoonotic diseases like Covid-19 are a classic example of where ecosystems and human health intersect.

Sidelined by scandal, a top disease modeler watches and worries

Fraud charges have upended Eva Lee's career as a mathematician and disease modeler at a time when her talents are in high demand. Is a reprieve warranted?


Experts warned of a pandemic decades ago. Why weren't we ready?

In a rueful look back at her prescient book, an author wrestles with why we shrugged at the nightmare warnings and hopes this time will be different.

How Europe failed the coronavirus test

The contagion’s spread is a story of complacency, overconfidence and lack of preparation.

What are zoonotic diseases?

Zoonotic diseases, which pass from animals to humans, kill millions of people every year. Where do they come from and how can we avoid them?
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