Bangladesh, grandmother carrying baby with smallpox, 1975

5 Reasons We Need A Treatment for Smallpox

It’s big news. Check the New England Journal of Medicine, ScienceNews, NYTimes, Forbes, Huff Post—you name it. This is huge. The FDA has approved the first-ever drug to treat variola (smallpox). But why? (Read to the end to  5 possible reasons.) Scientists in and out of the military started smallpox #biodefense research right after 9/11.…

Updated* My Africa Memoir Hits A Milestone

Celebrate with me, my friends. I've just sent the manuscript for my Africa memoir Vaccines & Bayonets: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War off to the proofreader. It feels like a triumph. Never mind the months and miles still to go toward publication. This milestone also coincides with a turning point in…

My Africa Memoir Hits A Milestone

Celebrate with me, my friends. I've just sent the manuscript for my Africa memoir Vaccines & Bayonets: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War off to the proofreader. It feels like a triumph. Never mind the months and miles still to go toward publication. This milestone also coincides with a turning point in…