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Using stories from science’s past to understand our world
Stories and interviews to help frame our current crisis
The scientist, entrepreneur, and author has lived through three epidemics. He tells us how this pandemic compares with his earlier experiences: “It is a tragedy that never needed to happen.”
The University of Pennsylvania microbiology professor talks about her 40 years of experience researching coronaviruses.
The former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recalls the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the Ebola pandemic: “Early pandemic science is filled with uncertainty.”
The former CEO of Gilead Sciences tells us about remdesivir, an older drug showing promise in the fight against COVID-19.
Caroline Hampton and the forgotten origins of the first personal protective equipment.
How a 19th-century invention could save lives today.
Mütter Museum historical curator Jane E. Boyd discusses the parallels between the 1918–1919 flu pandemic and the coronavirus.
It’s one thing to make a scientific discovery, but making it count is another thing entirely.
As officials spread disinformation, a deadly epidemic edged its way into the United States.
Remembering the Spanish flu 100 years later.
How do virologists stop something that is ubiquitous and deadly?
Smallpox, polio, and the political and scientific haggling behind two medical triumphs.