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Online Think Tank Big Think Launches New Multimedia Web Series Exploring Some of the Most Pressing Science and Medical Issues of our Time
Date:8/20/2009

itably appear and spread rapidly across the globe. We are an increasingly susceptible host to other species' viruses to which we have little immunity. As a public health emergency may be imminent, Peter Palese, Chairman of the Microbiology at Mr. Sinai Medical Center, demystified the origins of the Swine Flu epidemic and outlined the scientific community's current understanding of the Swine Flu. Michael Worobey, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona and the author of a recent groundbreaking paper in Nature on Swine Flu, explained how the virus had been lurking undetected in pigs for up to a decade; he called for much closer monitoring of viruses in livestock. Barry Bloom, former Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, revealed other hidden epidemics beyond infectious diseases. Jeff Koplan, former director of the Centers for Disease Control, described global health policy and the institutional and national response to infectious disease.

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