From smallpox to swine flu, learn how disease pandemics have shaped human history and what we can expect, and prepare for, next.
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Phenomena: A Science Salon
National Geographic Magazine
Our genes harbor many secrets to a long and healthy life. And now scientists are beginning to uncover them
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