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Should we keep or kill the last vile of smallpox

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Current Event May 20, 2014

Should We Keep or Kill the Last Vials of Smallpox?


The disease smallpox was successfully eliminated in 1977, but two research facilities still hold the last samples of the smallpox virus. The World Health Organization is going to vote soon on the future of the smallpox samples. Should we keep the virus to study it or completely destroy it because it could get into the wrong hands? Listen to this public radio story in your classroom and discuss.

Life Science Civics/Government Health

Story Length: 5:19

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AIR DATE: 05/09/2014


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