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Laura Kahn

Laura H. Kahn

Articles by Laura H. Kahn

26 February 2014
Americas

Stopping a new mosquito-borne viral threat

Laura H. Kahn

To beat back chikungunya, dengue, and yellow fever, human behavior has to change.

22 December 2013

Protecting the environment in the Anthropocene

Laura H. Kahn

What does safeguarding the natural world mean when we’re altering it every day?

11 October 2013
Americas

Does the shutdown increase America’s vulnerability to bio-terrorism?

Laura H. Kahn

The budget fight and suspension of government services threaten the nation’s ability to respond to disease outbreaks.

10 July 2013
Americas

Zombie lessons

Laura H. Kahn

Watching the spread of a deadly pandemic like the one in World War Z can promote better public and animal health.

16 April 2013

Who would use chemical weapons?

Laura H. Kahn

The combatants in Syria are pointing fingers at each other. Syrian officials claim that the rebels used chemical weapons in a March 19th attack against Khan al-Assal, a town near Aleppo; the rebels say the Syrian government was the culprit. Whichever is the case, at least 25 people died and many others were wounded in the assault. The UN has decided to investigate: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, a former weapons monitor for the UN Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM), to lead the investigation.

28 March 2013

Why humans should go to Mars

Laura H. Kahn

Humans first emerged from Africa around 60,000 years ago in search of new lands to explore and colonize. Since then, we've spread out across much of the planet and even gone into low Earth orbit in the International Space Station. The need to explore new frontiers appears to be embedded in our DNA.

22 January 2013

Undermining Obamacare

Laura H. Kahn

Now that President Barack Obama has been reelected, his Affordable Care Act, "Obamacare," will move forward, which is good news for the health, safety, and security of the United States. But setting up Obamacare and actually providing it are two different challenges. Both will be hard.

24 October 2012

The facts of fungi

Laura H. Kahn

It's the season for blood-sucking bats and flesh-eating zombies, but even the most ghoulish Halloween character can't hold a candle to one of the scariest life forms around: fungi.

27 September 2012

The One Health solution

Laura H. Kahn

The popular press is finally recognizing the important connections among human, animal, and environmental health. Environmental destruction, global trade and travel, intensive agriculture, and other human activities all lead to the emergence of previously unknown microbes that can infect across species, causing zoonotic disease outbreaks like West Nile virus, avian influenza, hantavirus, HIV/AIDS, and others. No wonder the media is paying attention.

27 August 2012

Keeping the life sciences honest

Laura H. Kahn

When scientist Ron Fouchier, from Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, presented his research at a conference in Malta last year, he described how he and his colleagues induced mutations into the H5N1 virus, ultimately giving the deadly virus the ability to become airborne and transmit infection as efficiently as the seasonal flu. Fouchier was ostensibly trying to learn more about the virus in order to protect humanity from its dangers, but his work also meant risking that the virus he created would escape the lab or be mimicked by a rogue scientist with terrorist ties.

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