Museum specimens could help fight the next pandemic – why preserving collections is crucial to future scientific discoveries

Specimen preservation means researchers don't need to reinvent the wheel each time they ask a new question, making it critical for the advancement of science. But many specimens are discarded or lost.

Bryan McLean, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina – Greensboro • conversation
Dec. 16, 2020 ~11 min

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Why COVID-era campaigns against wildmeat consumption aren’t working

Indigenous people in rural Borneo associate the coronavirus with modern life, not their traditional hunting.

Liana Chua, Reader in Anthropology, Brunel University London • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~7 min

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Why it's wrong to blame livestock farms for coronavirus

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some critics say livestock farms promote diseases that spread from animals to humans. An animal scientist explains how well-run farms work to keep that from happening.

Alison Van Eenennaam, Researcher, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~10 min

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Coronavirus: three misconceptions about how animals transmit diseases debunked

Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.

Olivier Restif, Alborada Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: three misconceptions about how wildlife transmit diseases debunked

Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.

Olivier Restif, Alborada Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Study shows pangolins may have passed new coronavirus from bats to humans

When a new virus emerges and triggers a pandemic, it is important to trace its origins. Knowing more about how the virus jumped species in the first place can help curb future zoonotic diseases.

Wei Zheng, Postdoctoral Fellow of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan • conversation
April 10, 2020 ~7 min

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How zoos must change to keep great apes safe from coronavirus

People can still learn a great deal about these mammals while keeping a safe distance.

Lesley Elizabeth Craig, PhD Researcher, University of Stirling • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

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