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Wired: The Surge

Author: Matthieu Aikins

"Once you have beaten back a disease to just a few hundred cases, they will almost by definition be concentrated in places where there's some barrier—geographical, cultural, political—to easy vaccination. In general, each marginal case will cost more, and will consume more time and effort and labor, than the one before it...[but] the math of cost-benefit analy­ses runs aground when it comes to eradication campaigns, because the benefits, in theory, are infinite."

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Renewing America Series: The Cost of U.S. Healthcare

Speakers: Steven Brill, Ezekiel Emanuel, and William Haseltine
Presider: Rana Foroohar

Experts discuss how the cost of U.S. healthcare is impacting the economy, as part of CFR's Renewing America series.

The Renewing America series examines how policies at home directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States and its ability to act in the world.

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Biological Attack

Author: Laurie Garrett
ForeignPolicy.com

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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From HIV to NCDs: Will Patent Fights Again Spur Better Treatment Access?

Author: Thomas J. Bollyky
PLoS Medicine

Thomas Bollyky describes the crisis emerging over access to treatment for diabetes, cancers, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Bollyky argues that this crisis could transform the global response to NCDs as the last treatment access crisis transformed the international approach to HIV/AIDS.

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Staying Safe in a Biology Revolution

Speaker: Laurie Garrett

CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett explains the conundrum of dual-use research of concern (DURC), in which the same experiments that allow scientists to understand pandemics can also create dangerous pathogens. Combined with advances in synthetic biology and increasingly affordable technologies, there is the possibility for a true biology revolution.

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