Bangladesh, grandmother carrying baby with smallpox, 1975

Smallpox Does Its Dirty Deed

Smallpox virus is an equal opportunity borrower. It has to live. It has to replicate itself in order to live. It has to borrow human cells in order to replicate. It has to continually find new cells that are usable--cells that aren't already mutilated. When it has used up the cells in one human host…

Bill Gates Warns of Smallpox, Flu & Other Epidemics

“. . . There was a simulation called Dark Winter that didn’t come out very well, i.e., smallpox scored one and humanity scored zero.” Microsoft founder Bill Gates at Davos, Switzerland, January 2017. Video courtesy of Business Insider, January 18, 2017, 2 min, 35 seconds, link here BILL GATES: A deadly epidemic is a real possibility…

Smallpox: The Why? in My Memoir

                           Nigerian smallpox vaccination poster in the Hausa language   Smallpox: The Why? It’s time to shift gears. It’s time for the Why. Not why I wrote Vaccines & Bayonets (I’ve already blogged about that), but why our family moved to Africa. Why…