The Ebola Review, Part I

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

The G-7 is gathering to tackle the world’s biggest problems. Laurie Garret writes about how they are starting with Ebola -- and what the World Health Organization did wrong.

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Liberia is Stiffing Its Contact Tracers as Ebola Epidemic Continues

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Some 600 angry Ebola workers surrounded Liberia's Ministry of Health Monday demanding back pay dating from early September. The ministry employees who track down anyone who may have come into contact with an Ebola victim -- a critical process called contact tracing -- have never received a dime.

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Ebola Was Here

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Ebola cases are dropping so rapidly that Liberians are talking about the disease in the past tense. They shouldn't be, writes Laurie Garrett.

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It’s 10 o'Clock -- Do You Know Where Your Bubonic Plague Is?

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

The revelation that smallpox vials have gone unnoticed inside the National Institutes of Health for more than half a century is gobsmacking. But stories like this--including missing SARS samples and accidental releases of anthrax from supposedly high-security laboratories--are more common than most realize. In this article for Foreign Policy, Laurie Garrett asks, "Do you know where your pathogens are?"

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Problems Persist at Fukushima

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

After visiting Fukushima in December 2013, Laurie Garrett reports that 250,000 tons of radioactive soil is sitting in plastic bags around the nuclear plant, and explains that Japan does not know what to do with it.

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The Taliban Are Winning the War on Polio

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After the tragic reappearance of polio in Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul, Laurie Garrett and Maxine Builder explore how Taliban plots to obstruct polio vaccinations could derail many hard-fought gains in global health and development in this article for Foreign Policy.

Read the full article here. Published February 2014. 

The Next Bioweapon May be a Text File

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Laurie Garrett, in an interview for WIRED, discusses dual-use research of concern and synthetic biology, emphasizing the point that scientists should not be left to their own devices, free from regulation and oversight.

Read the full interview here.

Biology's Brave New World

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

In the cover story for the November/December issue of Foreign Affairs, Laurie Garrett offers a brief history of the synthetic biology revolution, looking ahead to future possibilities and policy challenges. At the core of the dual-use research problem is information, rather than microbes, and over-regulating the flow of information risks stifling science and crippling international collaborative research.

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Biological Attack

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

In this article for Foreign Policy, Laurie Garrett examines the recent reports of two polio cases in Syria, which has not reported a case since 1999, and explains why polio is coming back from the brink of eradication.

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Five Global Health Concerns

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This article, published in the Atlantic, is based on an interview Laurie Garrett did at The Atlantic Meets The Pacific conference on October 4. From emerging viruses in the Middle East to rapidly aging populations, Laurie, "calmly outlined several very real threats facing the global population."

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Existential Challenges to Global Health

Posted on by Laurie Garrett

In a chapter for United Nations Development at a Crossroads, published by New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, Laurie Garrett outlines five existential challenges facing global health today, writing that leaders and institutions that are key to global health have barely recognized these threats, much less developed policy solutions or adaptations.

Read the full chapter here, and see the full NYU CIC report hee.