FDA Just Found Even More Vials of Diseases in a Forgotten Storage Room

So remember how scientists found unapproved vials of smallpox in a forgotten storage room a few weeks ago? Turns out, they weren't quite finished yet. Now, officials have revealed they've actually uncovered over 300 vials of pathogens including dengue, influenza, and spotted fever. Whoops. » 7/16/14 5:47pm 7/16/14 5:47pm

Will Smallpox Reemerge in Siberia as Corpses Thaw from Climate Change?

In an article primarily about the potential folly of holding onto stockpiles of smallpox virus for research purposes—a now-eradicated plague that humans no longer have natural immunity to and that would very likely cause a worldwide catastrophe should it escape from the lab—the BBC includes one awesomely horrible… » 2/03/14 3:10pm 2/03/14 3:10pm

We Annihilated Another Evil Disease From the Planet

You may not know what rinderpest was. But if you knew that this cattle killer was believed to have been a biblical plague and helped bring down the Roman Empire, you'd cheer that we wiped it off the face of the earth. » 6/28/11 7:20pm 6/28/11 7:20pm