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p. 12610. Viruses past, present, and futurelocked

  • Dorothy H. Crawford

Abstract

‘Viruses past, present, and future’ looks at the changing pattern of virus infections through the ages and speculates about how humans and viruses might interact in the future. Viruses, such as smallpox and yellow fever, have debilitated populations across the globe throughout history. New research technologies will allow a greater number of ‘new’ viruses to be identified, leading to preventive vaccines and novel treatments. However, we may also face potential man-made virus threats from biological weapons of mass destruction to the unwitting promotion of pathogenic viruses, possibly through xenotransplantation, immune-suppressed chemotherapy patients, or viruses escaping from laboratories due to poor safety measures.

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