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Colin Carlson Works to Predict and Prevent Viral Spillover
The Georgetown University biologist studies how climate change contributes to the emergence of new zoonotic threats.
Colin Carlson Works to Predict and Prevent Viral Spillover
Colin Carlson Works to Predict and Prevent Viral Spillover

The Georgetown University biologist studies how climate change contributes to the emergence of new zoonotic threats.

The Georgetown University biologist studies how climate change contributes to the emergence of new zoonotic threats.

viral surveillance
A young white-tailed deer in the snow
Possible Case of Deer-To-Human SARS-CoV-2 Transmission
Catherine Offord | Mar 3, 2022
Canadian researchers identify a highly mutated variant of the virus in white-tailed deer and link it to a human COVID-19 case in the region—though they emphasize that the infection risk to people is low.
Q&A: Data Gaps Hinder Monitoring of SARS-COV-2 Variants
Jef Akst | Mar 24, 2021
Martha Nelson of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about the need to balance data sharing and patient privacy concerns when tracking the spread of variants.
2020 in Scientists’ Own Words
Abby Olena | Dec 23, 2020
The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but researchers rose to all manner of challenges.
a person with a basket strapped to her back walks past terraced rice fields
NIH Cancels Funding for Bat Coronavirus Research Project
Shawna Williams | Apr 28, 2020
The abrupt termination comes after the research drew President Trump’s attention for its ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Public Health Leader Dies
Kerry Grens | Oct 26, 2016
Jack Woodall, an epidemiologist and former columnist at The Scientist, cofounded the infectious disease outbreak reporting system ProMED. 
New Zika Diagnostic
Tanya Lewis | May 9, 2016
A paper-based RNA test may offer a low-cost method for detecting the virus in the field.
Unexpected Origin of an Avian Virus
Ruth Williams | Aug 26, 2013
The transmission of reticuloendotheliosis viruses from mammals to birds was most likely an unexpected consequence of medical research.
Dog Disease Threatens Tigers
Kate Yandell | Jun 11, 2013
Wildlife veterinarians plan to track the canine distemper virus in Indonesia.
Insufficient Bird Flu Surveillance
Edyta Zielinska | Mar 29, 2012
Monitoring of bird flu outbreaks around the world is spotty, with most countries performing little in the way of genetic analysis.