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Smallpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the variola virus, a member of the Orthopox virus family. It is one of the most devastating diseases known to humanity, with a mortality rate as high as 30%. In 1967, the World Health Organization embarked upon an intensified vaccination campaign to eliminate smallpox, which culminated in the successful eradication of the disease globally by 1980.

By the mid-1980s, there were only two known repositories of variola virus: the Institute of Virus Preparations in Russia, and the US CDC. The events in the US in September and October 2001 highlighted the risk that the variola virus might be used as an agent of bioterrorism. Governments around the world are taking precautionary measures to be ready to deal with a potential smallpox outbreak.
Scientists restructure the genome of E. coli using fragments extracted from mummy

Scientists restructure the genome of E. coli using fragments extracted from mummy

Research reveals how a building block protein assembles to form poxvirus scaffold

Research reveals how a building block protein assembles to form poxvirus scaffold

Scientists analyze the molecular machinery of poxviruses at an atomic level

Scientists analyze the molecular machinery of poxviruses at an atomic level

Three plausible solutions mitigates zoonotic risk associated with intensive animal agriculture

Three plausible solutions mitigates zoonotic risk associated with intensive animal agriculture

National DNA Day 2021: An Interview with Professor George Church

National DNA Day 2021: An Interview with Professor George Church

Study shows removal of specific gene makes poxviruses harmless

Study shows removal of specific gene makes poxviruses harmless