Bird Flu

When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic - Barack Obama

Bird Flu

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Pathogens love us—we offer them a whole host of ways to attack our bodies. We consider them "bad" because to exist they must invade our cells, but just like us, pathogens are organisms that evolve with one goal: survival.

In order to not die off, bacteria and viruses have to efficiently infect us and reproduce. Herpes and HPV spread best through sexual contact, Lyme disease and malaria through disease-carrying arthropods, and salmonella and E. coli in food. Respiratory illnesses like the common cold, the flu, and strep throat transmit best on tiny droplets in the air.

If a pathogen's purpose is to reproduce, it has to balance its virulence with its ability to infect host…

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