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Virus Hunters Draw a Map of Zika’s Spread With DNA
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Virus Hunters Draw a Map of Zika’s Spread With DNA

In April 2015, researchers in Brazil reported the first case of Zika virus—finally putting a name to the mysterious rash, fever, and joint pain-causing illness that had been swarming the northeast corner of the country. By the time the World Health Organization declared Zika a global health emergency nearly a year […]

Testing for Zika Isn’t the Only Way to Keep the Blood Supply Safe
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Testing for Zika Isn’t the Only Way to Keep the Blood Supply Safe

Every summer, the nation’s blood supply dips. No one wants to take a break from the family vacation to pump out a pint—no matter how good the recovery cookies are. But this year’s shortage is shaping up to be especially bad: Today, the FDA recommended that all blood donations in […]

A California City Is Fending Off Zika by Releasing 40,000 Mosquitoes Every Week
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A California City Is Fending Off Zika by Releasing 40,000 Mosquitoes Every Week

A mob of mosquitoes is a “scourge.” And the cardboard tube Jodi Holeman holds in her hands buzzes with more than enough mosquitoes to fill a scourge’s ranks—a thousand, to be exact. She uncaps the cylinder and taps gently, encouraging the stragglers out. “Get to work, boys,” she says. On this […]

Inside the US Army Lab Racing to Create a Zika Vaccine
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Inside the US Army Lab Racing to Create a Zika Vaccine

Rafael de la Barrera reaches into a freezer and pulls out a plastic jug of rusty-red liquid. He wipes frost off the label: “Zika Virus – Puerto Rico strain. 24Mar16.” The liquid—stored at -80 degrees F to keep the malicious virus inert—is a solution isolated from monkey liver cells. If […]

The Pope’s Ideas on Birth Control Aren’t as Sexy as They Seem
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The Pope’s Ideas on Birth Control Aren’t as Sexy as They Seem

Pope Francis in Morelia, Michoacan State, Mexico, Feb. 16, 2016. Alfredo Estrella/Getty Images On the papal plane from Mexico, Pope Francis said some things that caused a disturbance in the punditsphere. No, not about Trump (though yes, that too). When a reporter asked about Zika, the virus spreading through Latin […]